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.


Spiritual Care at Aberdeen Hospital

Spiritual health is an essential component of overall health. When coping with illness or disability, people draw on their spiritual resources for strength and comfort.

Island Health's Spiritual Health Program arranges for worship services to be held in the hospital every week. Worship services are led by volunteers from the community who generously donate their time to offer residents worship that reflects the faith of both the volunteers and those residents who choose to attend.

Island Health Contact Person

Inquiries regarding worship services may be directed to Arthur Menu.

For more information on spiritual health and the Spiritual Health Program, visit About us.

For information on how to prepare for coming into hospital, visit Hospitalization.  

Spiritual Health Services at Aberdeen Hospital

Residents who wish to receive spiritual care from a representative of the faith community of their choice are encouraged to contact that faith community and request a visit. Names and telephone numbers for various faith communities can be obtained from the Island Health Contact Person.

Worship Services

Christian non-denominational worship services are held each Sunday at 3:00 p.m. alternately in the Hillside Unit (1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays of the month) or Lansdowne Unit (2nd and 4th Sundays) main dining rooms.

Men’s Group

The Aberdeen Men’s Group meets on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. in the Oasis Room of the Lansdowne Unit.


Spiritual Care Volunteers assist Island Health's Spiritual Care Program in providing spiritual care by visiting patients in their rooms. Applicants to become Spiritual Care Volunteers are screened for suitability and receive training in spiritual care visiting before they take up their work as registered Spiritual Care Volunteers.

Spiritual Care Volunteer Worship Leaders conduct worship services for the residents on a monthly schedule. Applicants to become Spiritual Care Volunteer Worship Leaders are screened for suitability and expected to follow the worship service guidelines set by Island Health's Spiritual Care Program. To read the worship service guidelines, click on this link: Worship Guidelines (PDF). Volunteers may also offer Bible study sessions, group social/spiritual activities for male residents, or other spiritual activities for groups of residents.

If you are interested in becoming a Spiritual Care Volunteer, contact the Island Health Contact Person.

Community-based Spiritual Care

To find out how to arrange for a spiritual care giver in the community to come and visit you or a family member in hospital, click on: Hospitalization

Information to assist community-based spiritual care givers in providing spiritual care to their members in health care facilities can be found by clicking on: Community Visitors.

How to Make a Donation

You can support Island Health's Spiritual Health program by making a donation for that purpose to:

Greater Victoria Eldercare Foundation
1454 Hillside Avenue
Victoria, BC V8T 2B7
Phone: 250.370.5664
Fax: 250.370.5797
E-mail: Lori.Mcleod@viha.ca
Web site: http://www.gvef.org/

Tax receipts will be issued.