Welcome to Island Health

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

wwww.islandhealth.ca

and a new website for medical staff:

medicalstaff.islandhealth.ca

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.

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Unexpected Pregnancy

If you suspect you may be pregnant, see a doctor as soon as possible after you have missed a menstrual period.
  • While you decide whether to continue your pregnancy, it is important to stay healthy. Harm to the fetus in the early stages of development cannot be undone. Avoid drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes, keep yourself safe, and eat nutritious foods.
  • An unplanned pregnancy can be very emotionally stressful. Ask for support from your friends, family, doctor, and community services. You are not alone.
  • If you decide not to become a parent, one of your options is to place your baby with an adoption service.
  • Abortion services in British Columbia are covered under the Medical Services Plan and are provided by hospitals or licensed clinics. To access abortion services, contact your family doctor, family planning clinical, or "Facts of Life Line"
    Toll-Free 1-800-739-7367
  • Attempts to induce a miscarriage can threaten your life. Please see a doctor.

Did you know...

If you have had unprotected intercourse within the past 5 days (120 hours) and do not wish to become pregnant, “morning-after” or emergency contraception pills are available over-the-counter from a pharmacy ($40-50), your nearest family planning clinic, family doctor or treatment centre.

The sooner you take the emergency contraception pill, the more effective it is.

More information on emergency contraception.