Doctors

L-R: Regional District Hospital Board Chair Loyal Wooldridge, Interior Health Authority President and CEO Susan Brown, B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix, Kelowna Mayor Tom Dyas, Kelowna-Mission MLA Renee Merrifield, Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick. (Gary Barnes/Capital News)

Minister Dix announces urgent care centre coming to Kelowna

The new centre will open in the fall at 110 Highway 33

 

Dr. Alex Nataros is a resident of Port Hardy, he graduated with a medical degree from McGill University in 2012. (Submitted photo)

NATAROS: Healing the demons within – trauma

The experience of living brings with it the experience of suffering

  • Mar 22, 2023

 

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre says he’d implement a countrywide standardized test for nurses and doctors, making it easier for them to switch provinces or enter Canada from other countries. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Poilievre calls for testing that would allow doctors, nurses to work across Canada

Conservative leader says he’d implement a countrywide standardized test

 

A health-care rally drew hundreds of frustrated residents from all over the North Island to the Town of Port McNeill on Saturday, March 11. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

Hundreds gather for rally, Island Health announces actions taken to strengthen North Island

North Island residents say their voices are continuing to be ignored by Island Health

A health-care rally drew hundreds of frustrated residents from all over the North Island to the Town of Port McNeill on Saturday, March 11. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
James Hanson is the vice-president of North Island clinical operations for Island Health. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

Island Health executive answers tough questions about the North Island in exclusive interview

James Hanson has been a vice president with Island Health for six years now

James Hanson is the vice-president of North Island clinical operations for Island Health. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
A Duncan doctor has been disciplined for his use of hypnosis and non-approved drugs in treatment. (Metro Creative Services photo)

Vancouver Island doctor disciplined for using psilocybin, MDMA, hypnosis as therapy

The offences occurred between October 2020 and April 2021

A Duncan doctor has been disciplined for his use of hypnosis and non-approved drugs in treatment. (Metro Creative Services photo)
Dr. Sanjiv Gandhi. (BC Green Party handout photo)

Why a top B.C. heart surgeon quit for politics

‘I didn’t in good conscience think we were providing the best possible care to our patients anymore’

  • Feb 13, 2023
Dr. Sanjiv Gandhi. (BC Green Party handout photo)
Dr. Alex Nataros works at the Port Hardy Hospital, which has been in the news for years now due to closures and rotating hospital diversions. (Island Health photo)

Doctors call for Island Health executive’s resignation due to North Island struggles

Nataros says the relationship between North Island physicians and Island Health is a strained one

Dr. Alex Nataros works at the Port Hardy Hospital, which has been in the news for years now due to closures and rotating hospital diversions. (Island Health photo)
Training of surgeons in Canada has taken a heavy knock from the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic, and some doctors say their clinical education has been delayed again in recent months as many hospitals across the country cancelled elective procedures to keep up with emergency care. A surgery is performed in the operating room in Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children on Wednesday, November 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Doctors say surgical training, delayed by the pandemic, continues to be affected

A delay on surgeries has meant a delay on surgery trainees getting the hands on experience they need

Training of surgeons in Canada has taken a heavy knock from the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic, and some doctors say their clinical education has been delayed again in recent months as many hospitals across the country cancelled elective procedures to keep up with emergency care. A surgery is performed in the operating room in Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children on Wednesday, November 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
The emergency room at Port Hardy Hospital will remain closed overnight for the foreseeable future, the province announced Friday. (Island Health Photo)

B.C. confirms ongoing overnight closures for emergency rooms in Port Hardy, Alert Bay

Province announces additional investments without giving a firm time line when ERs will reopen

The emergency room at Port Hardy Hospital will remain closed overnight for the foreseeable future, the province announced Friday. (Island Health Photo)
North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney speaks in the House of Commons on Nov. 14. (Photo courtesy YouTube)

MP Blaney pushes government to find solutions to North Island emergency room closures

It’s no secret that emergency rooms in the North Island have been dealing with rotating closures

North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney speaks in the House of Commons on Nov. 14. (Photo courtesy YouTube)
Peace Arch Hospital doctor Amir Behboudi, front, with puppeteer and ventriloquist Kellie Haines, Magrau and UBC medical student Tsz Shing (Brandon) Ng pose with Beyond Your Eye Productions’ Carmen Klotz left, and Sharron Bates during a video filming session. (contributed photo)

Making the ER less scary for kids: B.C. doctor enlists help of puppeteer

Videos featuring ventriloquist and colourful puppet Magrau are free for any hospital to use

Peace Arch Hospital doctor Amir Behboudi, front, with puppeteer and ventriloquist Kellie Haines, Magrau and UBC medical student Tsz Shing (Brandon) Ng pose with Beyond Your Eye Productions’ Carmen Klotz left, and Sharron Bates during a video filming session. (contributed photo)
Port Hardy Hospital. (Island Health photo)

Doctor warns Port Hardy more resignations are coming by June, mayor writes letter to Dix

With health-care services continuing to suffer, Nataros and council back physician assistants

Port Hardy Hospital. (Island Health photo)
North Island Hospital – Campbell River and District. Photo by Alistair Taylor/Campbell River Mirror

Doctors ask City of Campbell River for help with doctor shortage

18 vacancies represent 6,000 to 8,000 patients without a family doctor

North Island Hospital – Campbell River and District. Photo by Alistair Taylor/Campbell River Mirror
(Black Press media file photo)

Roadblocks to solving B.C.’s doctor shortfall

Raising salaries not only solution

(Black Press media file photo)
District of Port Hardy municipal signage. (North Island Gazette file photo)

Doctor speaks to Port Hardy council about the need for hiring physician assistants

PA’s are very highly skilled medical providers that can independently see and treat patients

District of Port Hardy municipal signage. (North Island Gazette file photo)
A family member holds Ruth Harris’s hand in Vancouver General Hospital. (Submitted)

Questions about care after Abbotsford woman’s burns not taken seriously

Third-degree burns on elderly woman’s legs not given priority at ARH, but they were at Vancouver General Hospital

A family member holds Ruth Harris’s hand in Vancouver General Hospital. (Submitted)
Port Hardy’s Dr. Alex Nataros is writing regularly for the North Island Gazette. (Submitted photo)

NATAROS: Climbing towards our common future

We need to dream big to build spaces that are inclusive, pro-social and active

  • Jan 12, 2023
Port Hardy’s Dr. Alex Nataros is writing regularly for the North Island Gazette. (Submitted photo)
Dr. Albert de Villiers is currently on trial facing charges of sex crimes against a child. (File photo)

Trial underway for former Interior Health top doc charged with sex crimes against child

Dr. Albert de Villiers is on trial in Grande Prairie, Alta.

Dr. Albert de Villiers is currently on trial facing charges of sex crimes against a child. (File photo)
Dr. Alex Nataros. (Submitted photo)

NATAROS: Resolving to keep it simple in the new year

The need to understand our health and how to maintain it has never been more important

  • Jan 4, 2023
Dr. Alex Nataros. (Submitted photo)