Welcome to Island Health

On August 1 st, we launched our new public website:


and a new website for medical staff:


Our website was developed in partnership with patients and residents of Vancouver Island and the surrounding regions. It's accessible, mobile friendly and flexible to help us evolve with our communities as we work towards excellent health and care for everyone, everywhere, every time.

Come visit the new sites and update your bookmarks. This www.viha.ca site will continue to be available for one month so that our staff and partners have time to update their links to the new site. You can still browse the old site but it will no longer be updated.


Improving seniors’ care in the Comox Valley

July 17, 2018

COMOX VALLEY – To strengthen seniors’ care in the Comox Valley, Island Health is opening interim beds to ensure the frail and elderly receive timely, appropriate care in the community. These beds will remain in place until late 2020, when it is anticipated up to 151 permanent beds will open in the community.

Island Health is opening 17 beds on Floor 4B at the North Island Hospital’s Comox Valley campus. The beds are expected to open in early September. Over the short and medium term, these beds will be used to help alleviate patient capacity pressures due, in part, to patients waiting to transition home or to a community-based complex care facility.

In the months ahead, Island Health will begin to look at options for use of patient beds on Floor 4B in the long term, in line with the long-term region-wide vision for the beds.

Island Health is also partnering with St. Joseph’s to open 21 interim complex care beds and three interim respite care beds. These beds are expected to open in early September and will be located in the former St. Joseph’s hospital site.

Island Health provides health care and support services to more than 767,000 people on Vancouver Island, the islands in the Salish Sea and the Johnstone Strait, and mainland communities north of Powell River.

With more than 20,000 staff and over 2,000 medical staff, 6,000 volunteers, and the dedicated support of foundations and auxiliaries, Island Health delivers a broad range of health services, including: public health services, primary health care, home and community care, mental health and addictions services, acute care in hospitals, and much more across a huge, geographically diverse region.

Central/North Island media inquiries:
Cheryl Bloxham