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.



Caring for your child’s health involves all the information on this web site about physical and emotional development and nurturing. Here we have focused on some specific areas of physical development that require special attention. Using the navigation to the left, you will find information on your toddler’s hearing, vision, teeth, and brain, as well as active living tips.
  • Regular check-ups with your doctor or public health nurse can ensure your child’s hearing and vision are developing properly.  
  • Encourage the healthy development of your child’s brain through nurturing, movement, exploration, and play.
  • Brush your preschooler’s teeth daily and schedule dental appointments.
  • Ensure children have regular opportunities to exercise their large muscles, for example running, climbing, jumping, and swimming.
  • Make sure your child receives prompt medical attention for serious illness.

Did you know?

HealthLinkBC provides 24-hour, confidential non-emergency health information and advice.  Registered nurses are available to speak to you 24-hours a day, pharmacists available from 5 p.m. - 9 a.m. every day, and dietitians from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.  You will be asked for your Personal Health Number, but you will NOT be denied service if you don't provide it.  You can ask nurses any questions regarding health topics or procedures, identify symptoms and get help deciding when you need to see a health professional.  Translation services are available.

Tel:  Dial 8-1-1 from anywhere in B.C.
Deaf/Hearing Impaired:  Dial 7-1-1
Web:  http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/