Hospitals

Port McNeill Hospital. (North Island Gazette file photo)

Staff shortage causes Port McNeill Hospital to ‘close’ for the weekend

Island Health says it is continuing to actively recruit to fill nursing vacancies in the region

 

Port McNeill hospital. (North Island Gazette file photo)

Mayor says social media rumours of two North Island hospitals closing in June are untrue

Island Health has no plans to close Port McNeill and Alert Bay hospitals

 

A bronze sculpture by artist Marie Khouri was stolen from outside the B.C. Children’s Hospital on the night of April 3. (Courtesy B.C. Children’s Hospital)

Sculpture stolen from B.C. Children’s Hospital weeks after being donated

Bronze artwork went missing from outside the Oak Street entrance on April 3

 

Happy days are here again for mom Selina and daughter Sophia Taylor after Sophia’s quick recovery from a horrible ordeal. (Photo by Don Bodger)

‘Chasing deer and making friends: B.C. girl running around again after scary fall’

3-year-old Sophia back to being a kid again after 20-foot park fall on to concrete

Happy days are here again for mom Selina and daughter Sophia Taylor after Sophia’s quick recovery from a horrible ordeal. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Sophia Taylor plays it cool on the BC Ferries trip home from the mainland. (Photo by Selina Taylor)

Island girl back at home after remarkable recovery

Initial prognosis following 20-foot fall didn’t seem like hospital release would happen this soon

Sophia Taylor plays it cool on the BC Ferries trip home from the mainland. (Photo by Selina Taylor)
North Island Gazette file photo

Doctor shortage causes the Port McNeill Hospital to shut down for the weekend

Anyone experiencing a medical emergency should call 911

North Island Gazette file photo
Fernie Alpine Resort turnoff on Hwy. 3. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Man dies after skiing accident at B.C.’s Fernie Alpine Resort

A man died from injuries sustained while skiing at Fernie Alpine Resort over the weekend

Fernie Alpine Resort turnoff on Hwy. 3. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
A nurse tends to a patient in the Intensive Care Unit. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

‘It’s not OK’: BC Nurses’ Union demands better working conditions

BCNU calling on the general public to write their MLAs demanding better conditions for nurses

A nurse tends to a patient in the Intensive Care Unit. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Island Health is reporting two cases of COVID at Berwick on the Lake in Nanaimo. (Google Maps)

New COVID outbreaks declared in Nanaimo and Port Alberni, 3 lifted in Victoria, Courtenay

A total of 3 long-term care residents were confirmed with the virus following PCR tests

Island Health is reporting two cases of COVID at Berwick on the Lake in Nanaimo. (Google Maps)
(The Canadian Press/Tijana Martin)

Patients with COVID in Fraser Health may now share hospital rooms with uninfected

Public health officials say hospital space is at a premium

(The Canadian Press/Tijana Martin)
A protest of about 75 people gathered at Peace Arch Hospital Thursday to show the community’s frustration with a Fraser Health decision to temporarily close the maternity ward. The decision was reversed later Thursday. (Aaron Hinks photo)

Health authority reverses decision to close B.C. hospital maternity ward

Fraser Health had planned to close Peace Arch Hospital ward for 3 months, starting Jan. 28

A protest of about 75 people gathered at Peace Arch Hospital Thursday to show the community’s frustration with a Fraser Health decision to temporarily close the maternity ward. The decision was reversed later Thursday. (Aaron Hinks photo)
Staffing challenges driven by Omicron cases numbers have significantly impacted the ability of Island Health to provide safe, quality care, health authority president Kathy McNeil said. (Black Press Media file photo)

Omicron-driven staffing shortages lead to service interruptions in Island Health facilities

Elective scheduled surgeries postponed again, psychiatric emergency care potentially affected

Staffing challenges driven by Omicron cases numbers have significantly impacted the ability of Island Health to provide safe, quality care, health authority president Kathy McNeil said. (Black Press Media file photo)
Surrey Memorial Hospital emergency department entrance. (Photo: Lauren Collins)

Fraser Health offers apology to woman who gave birth in Surrey Memorial Hospital lobby

Pawandeep Samra gave birth on her fourth visit to SMH, after being sent home three times earlier that day

Surrey Memorial Hospital emergency department entrance. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
North Island Veterinary Hospital logo

North Island Veterinary Hospital clinics go back to ‘closed door’ policy

‘We will continue with our regular hours but access into our clinic will not be allowed’

North Island Veterinary Hospital logo
Paramedics transfer a person from an ambulance into a hospital in Montreal, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. The Health Department says data from the last 24 hours indicates a 140-jump in hospitalization from the previous day, for a total of 2,436. The province is also reporting 11,007 new cases of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

COVID hospitalizations nearing or reaching record highs in several provinces

Many provinces imposed a weeklong delay in the return to in-person schooling

Paramedics transfer a person from an ambulance into a hospital in Montreal, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. The Health Department says data from the last 24 hours indicates a 140-jump in hospitalization from the previous day, for a total of 2,436. The province is also reporting 11,007 new cases of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Letters from stem cell recipients to thier anonymous donors are bringing cheer this holiday season. (Photo illustration by Black Press with photo from Why We Swab)

Canadian stem cell recipients share heartwarming letters to anonymous donors

Why We Swab: Correspondence shared in awareness campaign to recruit more donors

Letters from stem cell recipients to thier anonymous donors are bringing cheer this holiday season. (Photo illustration by Black Press with photo from Why We Swab)
The noon to 6 p.m. shift of entertainers chat during the live stream of the 2021 Desert Bus for Hope fundraiser. This year, the marathon event ran for nearly seven days and raised more than $1 million for the Child’s Play charity. (Photo courtesy of Graham Stark)

Island-based group raises more than $1M playing ‘worst video game’ for nearly seven days

Desert Bus for Hope smashed records in 15th year, supporting sick kids charity Child’s Play

The noon to 6 p.m. shift of entertainers chat during the live stream of the 2021 Desert Bus for Hope fundraiser. This year, the marathon event ran for nearly seven days and raised more than $1 million for the Child’s Play charity. (Photo courtesy of Graham Stark)
MEDICAL EQUIPMENT Dr. Robert Semeniuk and registered nurse Sarah Wilson, patient care coordinator at the Summerland Health Centre, adjust the settings on a new Phaco unit used in eye cataract surgeries. The Summerland Health-Care Auxiliary is donating $100,000 for the upgraded high-tech machine. - Image Credit: Submitted photo

QUIZ: In praise of medical professionals

How much do you know about doctors, nurses and medical researchers in history and popular culture?

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT Dr. Robert Semeniuk and registered nurse Sarah Wilson, patient care coordinator at the Summerland Health Centre, adjust the settings on a new Phaco unit used in eye cataract surgeries. The Summerland Health-Care Auxiliary is donating $100,000 for the upgraded high-tech machine. - Image Credit: Submitted photo
Volunteers and representatives from four Campbell River and North Island Clubs presented a $26,500 cheque to the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island at Qwalayu House on Oct. 15. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.
Volunteers and representatives from four Campbell River and North Island Clubs presented a $26,500 cheque to the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island at Qwalayu House on Oct. 15. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.

Campbell River and North Island Rotary clubs support Qwalayu House

Club representives present $26,250 to Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island

Volunteers and representatives from four Campbell River and North Island Clubs presented a $26,500 cheque to the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island at Qwalayu House on Oct. 15. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.
Volunteers and representatives from four Campbell River and North Island Clubs presented a $26,500 cheque to the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island at Qwalayu House on Oct. 15. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.
A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Tofino General Hospital. (Westerly file photo)

COVID-19 outbreak at Tofino General Hospital

The outbreak at TGH is limited to the inpatient unit

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Tofino General Hospital. (Westerly file photo)