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.


Victoria Diabetes Education Centre

In Victoria, Pediatric, Gestational and Adult Diabetes Education Clinics are availble.

Services are available for adults, children and pregnant women. A family member or friend is welcome to attend with you. We offer three types of appointments:

  • Individual or Follow-up
  • Classes and Group Sessions
  • Drop-in

Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday from 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m. (closed on Stat Holidays).

* Services are also provided at the Saanich Peninsula Health Unit (some Fridays) and the Victoria General Hospital (some Mondays). Location and Contact Information (phone/fax) is the same as the Victoria Diabetes Education Centre.

Individual Appointments

Individual appointments are available with a diabetes nurse educator, registered dietitian, or both a nurse and dietitian. Contact the centre for more information.

Classes/Group Sessions

Please see our list of classes and group sessions for more information.

Drop-in Appointments

Wednesdays 1:30p.m. - 3:30p.m. 10-15 minute long appointments on a first-come, first-served basis. See our list of classes and group sessions for more information about what you can learn.

Language services:

  • Services offered in Punjabi at the Royal Jubilee Hospital most days
  • Services offered in Mandarin and Cantonese at the Victoria General Hospital most Mondays
  • Please request these services when booking the appointment

It is still recommended that you bring an interpreter with you to the appointment.

Classes are only offered in English. Individuals how do not speak or understand English will be invited for an individual appointment instead of a class.

Pediatric Clinic

Victoria General Hospital Pediatric Ambulatory Services

Phone: 250-727-4385
Fax:  250-727-4211
Email: PaedsBookings@viha.ca    

Diabetes education for children (up to their 18th birthday) and their families

Gestational Diabetes Education Centre

Victoria General Hospital
Child and Family Health Unit (CFAU)

Phone: 250.727.4266 (booking clerk)
Fax: 250.727.4168

Hours of operation

7:30am to 3:30pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and every alternate Thursday (closed on Stat Holidays).

Referral by Doctor or Midwife

The program provides education and nutrition counseling to women with gestational diabetes (GDM) or pregnant women with Type 1 or 2 diabetes.  Services offered include pre-conception counseling for women with Type 1 or 2 diabetes as well as counseling for women at risk for GDM, example previous GDM, high prenatal weight gain, twins, ↑BMI, PCOS, etc.

Services include nutritional counseling, a free blood glucose meter, consultation with an endocrinologist (when needed), and prompt initiation of insulin on an outpatient basis (if required).