Six-bed detox facility to open in Campbell River

Six-bed detox facility to open in Campbell River
The new detox facility will be a few blocks away from the North Island Hospital - Campbell River. (File photo)

The provincial government says a six-bed detox facility is set to open in Campbell River in fall 2024.

The facility will be located at 731 Nicholls Rd. near the North Island Hospital – Campbell River campus and it will be the first Island Health community-based medical detox centre north of Nanaimo.

“This new detox in Campbell River is part of bringing B.C.’s Road to Recovery model to people in central and northern Vancouver Island,” Jennifer Whiteside, minister of mental health and addictions said in a news release.

“Through Road to Recovery, people will receive seamless services through each stage of detox, bed-based care and recovery, and outpatient treatment, and will help ensure more people can get the care they need, closer to home.”

The site will have staff on site 24/7 with physician and nursing overnight care. Admissions will be scheduled and planned based on clinical assessment, with short stays between three and 10 days with transfer to other supports in the community and at home, including transportation to and from the detox service if needed.

“We know that medically supported detox is often the first step in a journey toward treatment and recovery,” Leah Hollins, board chair for Island Health said in a news release. “The lack of a medical detox service in the region has long been recognized and Island Health is pleased to have secured a suitable location to deliver this important service.”

The province says this facility is modelled after the Clearview Detox Centre model in Nanaimo, which has successfully operated since 2009.

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