Island Health

The Nanaimo Regional Hospital District (NRHD) has confirmed its five major areas of focus for capital planning and advocacy are the patient tower replacement, new cancer centre, cardiac catheterization lab and a new high acuity unit, all to be located at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH), as well as a long-term care facility in the region.
The toxic drug crisis claimed the lives of 327 Island Health residents last year — the majority of deaths were men aged 30-59 years, according to Island Health.
Parksville council finally had a chance to discuss the issue of improperly discarded needles with public health officials.
The special council meeting with representatives from Island Health, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions is set for Feb. 11 at 3 p.m.
The holiday season is here and Island Health is reminding people to take steps to keep healthy, stay injury-free and avoid unnecessary visits to the emergency room.
Island Health said it will begin an international search for a new chief medical health officer.
Three staff members tested positive for the virus.
“The culture in the trades definitely nurtures this sense that we’re tough and immortal and invincible and we can work through anything,” Trevor Botkin said, who is using his experience with addiction to help with the project.
The high intensity rehab unit, where the outbreak occurred, is now open to new admissions and transfers.
Admissions at the facility will be restricted until the outbreak is over and only essential visitation will be permitted, according to Island Health.

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