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Northwest BC Revaccination Campaign expanded

Northern Health’s Chief Medical Health Officer is recommending revaccination for approximately 1,575 more individuals immunized in Terrace, Stewart and surrounding First Nations communities between October 2022 and September 2023.

In October 2023, Northern Health and the BC Centre for Disease Control began investigating variances in temperature records for vaccines stored at the Terrace Health Unit. That investigation, which recently concluded, identified additional lots of vaccine which were potentially stored at temperatures above the accepted range.

Toxic drug alert: Terrace

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There has been an increase in drug poisoning/overdose events in Terrace. Overdoses have been linked to smoking a purple substance sold as “down” causing prolonged sedation and requiring many doses of Naloxone to reverse.

Toxic drug alert: Prince George

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There has been an increase in overdoses in Prince George. Overdoses may be linked to a brown and pink substance sold as DOWN, both testing positive for high concentrations of fentanyl and benzodiazepines causing sudden overdose and requiring a higher number of naloxone dosages. 

New, bigger mental health facility opens in Terrace

People with serious mental health challenges in Terrace and the surrounding communities are benefiting from better care at the new Seven Sisters facility at Mills Memorial Hospital.

“People living with ongoing mental-health challenges need dedicated care in a space equipped to meet their daily needs as they work on their long-term recovery,” said Jennifer Whiteside, Minister for Mental Health and Addictions. “This newly expanded facility in Terrace will benefit patients, families, and the entire community by helping more people get the help they need to lead their best lives.”

The Northern Health region is awaiting the 2024 New Year's baby (updated January 2)

Every New Year’s Day, Northern Health monitors its hospitals and labour and delivery units for the birth of New Year’s babies across the region.

Prince George's New Year's Baby is a girl

Northern Health is pleased to announce that the first baby of 2024 in the North was born in Prince George and it’s a girl. Baby Holland was born at the University Hospital of Northern BC on January 1st at 1:04 am to mom and dad Amy and Jaden Janzen of Burns Lake, weighing in at six pounds, eight ounces.

Baby Holland is her parent’s first child.

Northern Health Connections modified holiday schedule 2023

The Northern Health Connections program will run on a modified schedule starting December 23, leading up to an annual holiday and maintenance break that takes place each year at this time.

NH Connections provides transportation for clients travelling to non-emergent health services outside their home communities. A variety of routes connect communities across northern BC, along with service to Vancouver. Demand for the service typically drops over the holiday season as fewer people book health care appointments.