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One person with tuberculosis stayed at two separate hostels in Victoria in early March. (File photo)

Island Health confirms one case of tuberculosis in Victoria

Two hostels in Victoria were exposed in early March

One person with tuberculosis stayed at two separate hostels in Victoria in early March. (File photo)
Two more confirmed measles exposure sites have been identified. (File photo)

Island Health confirms new case of measles in Greater Victoria

The new case brings at least two measles exposure sites in Central Saanich

Two more confirmed measles exposure sites have been identified. (File photo)
Despite there being over 3,000 people identified as living with eating disorders on Vancouver Island, there’s a total of two inpatient hospital beds available. (Pixabay)

Vancouver Island sees massive bed shortage for people with eating disorders

There are two inpatient beds on the Island to serve over 3,000 people

Despite there being over 3,000 people identified as living with eating disorders on Vancouver Island, there’s a total of two inpatient hospital beds available. (Pixabay)
Cardiologist Anthony Della-Siega for the Victoria Hospitals Foundation’s Fix-A-Heart campaign. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)

Victoria shoppers fund Jubilee hospital cardiac monitoring

More than $40k raised over the holidays at Canadian Tire locations

Cardiologist Anthony Della-Siega for the Victoria Hospitals Foundation’s Fix-A-Heart campaign. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)
The Emergency Room staff at the Victoria General Hospital receive a gift from Operation Popcorn from transplant recipients. (Keili Bartlett/News staff)

Transplant recipients thank VGH staff with Operation Popcorn

Organ recipients deliver gifts to Victoria General Hospital in thanks for pre- and post-op care

The Emergency Room staff at the Victoria General Hospital receive a gift from Operation Popcorn from transplant recipients. (Keili Bartlett/News staff)
B.C. Premier John Horgan announces the new urgent primary care centre located on Goldstream Avenue in Langford. (File photo)

New urgent primary care centre opens on the West Shore

Centre saw approximately 60 patients its first day

B.C. Premier John Horgan announces the new urgent primary care centre located on Goldstream Avenue in Langford. (File photo)
Six-year-old Joseph Salverda gets his first flu shot at a child health clinic in Saanich. (Keili Bartlett/News staff)

Time to get flu shots is now, says Island Health

Children, seniors and people with medical conditions most at-risk of suffering from influenza

Six-year-old Joseph Salverda gets his first flu shot at a child health clinic in Saanich. (Keili Bartlett/News staff)
Island Health encourages sexual assault survivors to #TrustYourself

Island Health encourages sexual assault survivors to #TrustYourself

New social media campaign urges survivors of sexual assault to seek medical care

Island Health encourages sexual assault survivors to #TrustYourself
News of an investigation involving one or more Victoria area care homes has been confirmed by the Hospital Employees Union, but neither Island Health or VicPD have publicly stated a probe is taking place. iStock

Details scarce as union confirms probe underway involving Victoria care homes

Island Health, VicPD offer no comment on report of investigation into alleged sexual assaults

News of an investigation involving one or more Victoria area care homes has been confirmed by the Hospital Employees Union, but neither Island Health or VicPD have publicly stated a probe is taking place. iStock
Langford Lake main beach closed due to poor water quality

Langford Lake main beach closed due to poor water quality

High levels of E. coli detected in sampling

Langford Lake main beach closed due to poor water quality
Deadly mushroom spotted in Greater Victoria

Deadly mushroom spotted in Greater Victoria

Early return of death cap mushrooms prompts Island Health warning

Deadly mushroom spotted in Greater Victoria
Island Health has released five steps to stay safe when taking drugs at festivals this season. (Gazette file photo)

Island Health urging safe drug use at festivals

Five tips offered to stay safe

  • Jul 13, 2018
Island Health has released five steps to stay safe when taking drugs at festivals this season. (Gazette file photo)
Island Health to offer free CPR training in Victoria

Island Health to offer free CPR training in Victoria

Medical experts, cardiac arrest survivors will train participants how to help in an emergency

Island Health to offer free CPR training in Victoria
VIHA has granted contracts to two community-based organizations for the Island’s first approved supervised consumption service slated to open at 914 Pandora Ave. in late April. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

Island Health grants contracts for Victoria’s first approved supervised consumption service

SOLID and Lookout Housing and Health societies to provide harm reduction services

VIHA has granted contracts to two community-based organizations for the Island’s first approved supervised consumption service slated to open at 914 Pandora Ave. in late April. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS
While Greater Victoria is close to the end of flu season, there’s a chance another batch of cases may be seen in the next month or so. Black Press files

Worst is over, but flu bugs could linger around Victoria

Unusual season saw both influenza A and B strains experienced in region

While Greater Victoria is close to the end of flu season, there’s a chance another batch of cases may be seen in the next month or so. Black Press files
While much work is being done around downtown Victoria to clean up and dispose of discarded hypodermic needles, more can always be done to step up vigilance in the name of public safety. Black Press file photo

EDITORIAL: Extra vigilance in downtown Victoria drug area can’t hurt

Needle prick incidents may be a byproduct of permissive action aimed at saving lives

  • Jan 17, 2018
While much work is being done around downtown Victoria to clean up and dispose of discarded hypodermic needles, more can always be done to step up vigilance in the name of public safety. Black Press file photo
Three Victoria needle-prick incidents in the past week affecting unsuspecting members of the public led Island Health to call a meeting for this week with various downtown service providers and harm reduction operators. The hope is to find ways of reducing the number of needles found in public spaces. File photo

UPDATE: Island Health says no need for alarm over needle prick incidents in Victoria

Briefing followed meeting between Island Health, downtown service providers

Three Victoria needle-prick incidents in the past week affecting unsuspecting members of the public led Island Health to call a meeting for this week with various downtown service providers and harm reduction operators. The hope is to find ways of reducing the number of needles found in public spaces. File photo
Anna Kebaien, who serves as a liaison to the outreach team at Our Place Society, demonstrates how to use a fentanyl test strip at the facility’s onsite overdose prevention site. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

Fentanyl test strips now available on the Island

Program piloted in Vancouver, resulted in reduction in overdoses

Anna Kebaien, who serves as a liaison to the outreach team at Our Place Society, demonstrates how to use a fentanyl test strip at the facility’s onsite overdose prevention site. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS
Island Health is encouraging the public to get their annual flu shot. (File photo)

Flu shots are now available in Greater Victoria

Pharmacies and public health units now offering 2017-18 vaccine

Island Health is encouraging the public to get their annual flu shot. (File photo)
Crowds gather for a musical performance at the Tall Trees Music Festival. One Victoria reader believes Island Health, which has a plan in place for helping prevent overdoses at such events, is in fact condoning drug use. Photo courtesy of Tall Trees Music Festival

Island Health message in editorial makes little sense to News reader

Victoria News piece seems to condone drug use

  • Aug 15, 2017
Crowds gather for a musical performance at the Tall Trees Music Festival. One Victoria reader believes Island Health, which has a plan in place for helping prevent overdoses at such events, is in fact condoning drug use. Photo courtesy of Tall Trees Music Festival