Lady Minto / Gulf Island Hospital

  Salt Spring Island
Operator:  Island Health
Address:   135 Crofton Road, Salt Spring Island, BC  V8K 1T1
Phone:      250-538-4804

  • Billing Enquiries: 250-370-8501 or toll free 1-866-995-3299


    Lady Minto Hospital ECU - exterior   Lady Minto Hospital ECU - interior

  • Contact

    Access to subsidized residential care is coordinated by Island Health staff. For more information on subsidized residential care, contact the Home Health Office nearest you. Please do not contact the Operator directly regarding subsidized residential care. For information on private residential care, please refer to the Seniors Housing Directory of BC.


    Publicly Subsidized Units: 29
    Private-Pay Units: 0

    Building Description

    There are beautiful gardens around the building.

    Building Amenities

    Visiting services include: hairdresser, dental hygienist, foot care nurse and church services. 

    Neighbourhood/Community Amenities

    Salt Spring Island has a thriving artistic community. Geographically, the ECU is somewhat removed from the town of Ganges, although there is a small shopping area with grocery store, drugstore, thrift store and restaurants 2 blocks from the hospital.

    Philosophy of Care

    As per Island Health Vision, Purpose and Values.
    We believe that each resident should be encouraged and helped to attain the highest level of ability and self-care that is possible for him/her to achieve.
    We believe that resident participation in activities assists them in maintaining social, physical, psychological, cognitive and spiritual wellbeing.
    We accept each resident as an individual and strive to reflect this on care plans. 
    We recognize the value of a cooperative group effort, including residents, families, staff and volunteers. 
    We strive for a safe, homelike environment to which the resident and family feel a sense of belonging.
    The environment on the unit will promote sharing and pursuing knowledge related to the continuing care of the elderly.
    As members of the palliative care team at Lady Minto Hospital, all Residential Care staff participate in a palliative approach to end of life care.

    Accreditation Status 

    Accreditation Canada, April 2014 Report.
    Accreditation is an external peer review process to assess and improve the services health care organizations provide to their patients and clients, based on standards of excellence set by Accreditation Canada. For more information, visit here: http://www.accreditation.ca/.

    Type of Accommodation

    Units are shared with either 2-beds or 4-beds. There is one single room with an outside patio area; this room is used for palliative care.
    All rooms in the ECU area have ceiling lifts.
    2 of the beds are situated on the Acute Care Unit.


    Residents pay up to 80% of their after tax income which covers the cost of food and accommodation.

    Special Recreational Opportunities

    • Art therapy
    • Music therapy
    • (Physio, kinesiology and acupuncture are specialist services that can be requested and paid for privately)
    • Meal outings
    • Friendly visitors


    The facility is fully wheelchair accessible.

    Motorized Scooter Policy

    Scooters are primarily kept to outdoor use. This can be discussed on a case by case basis.

    Pet Policy

    As per Island Health policy. Pet visitation occurs by prior arrangement.

    Smoking Policy

    As per Island Health policy. There is no smoking anywhere on the hospital property.

    Safety/Security Features

    All internal doors to the unit and external gates are keypad entry.

    Visiting Information

    During influenza season (typically December-March), to help protect patients from the flu, all visitors will be expected to wear a mask in our facilities if they have not had a flu shot. For more information, please read our Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) and Influenza Protection Policy (PDF).

    Note:  Provincial policy requires all visitors to be informed:  "Violence, foul language and abusive behaviours are not acceptable. Verbal threats or acts of violence will not be tolerated and may result in removal from this facility and/or prosecution."