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.


Acute Inpatient Services: Nanaimo

A 24-bed psychiatric unit in Nanaimo Regional General Hospital provides acute inpatient assessment and  treatment services. 

Contact Us

Nanaimo Regional General Hospital
1200 Dufferin Crescent
Nanaimo, BC  V9S 2B7
Phone: 250.755.7691 ext. 52081

Access Services

Inpatient services are accessed through your family doctor, psychiatrist or through emergency.

Services Provided

Individuals Served

  • Adolescents, adults and seniors
  • Individuals experiencing mental illness, eating disorders, head injuries, mental handicaps, age-related behaviour changes as well as forensic patients.

Services Provided

  • Stabilization of acutely ill patients and linkage to community mental health and addiction services for follow up, continued treatment and recovery.
  • Pre-care when possible prior to a patient's admission
  • Comprehensive assessment including psychiatric, psychosocial, occupational therapy and nursing information.
  • Personalized care plans designed by the treatment team in collaboration with the individual and, when appropriate, family members.
  • Treatment based on the individual's care plan.
  • Follow-up support as outlined in the discharge planning.
  • Activity schedules are personalized to the unique needs of each patient depending on staffing and patient acuity.