Lady Minto Hospital, on Salt Spring Island, is a fine medical facility
supported in part by : a Lady Minto Foundation, a Ladies Auxillery, the local
Lions Club, and private donations.|
The hospital first started in 1914, it's current building was built in 1958. Named after the wife of the Earl of Minto, who was the Governor General of Canada in the early 1900's. Lady Minto campaigned for good health care in rural areas, and helped establish many of the hospitals in these areas.
In a serious emergency, Lady Minto Hospital's goal is to stablize the patient and send the patient by air to a more advanced hospital in Victoria or Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.
There is a health food store, Seniors for Seniors facility, and an extended care facility. There are home care support staff. There are a range of health care professionals on Salt Spring, both mainstream and alternative, from accupressure to yoga.
There are health clinics on Galiano Island, Mayne Island, Pender Island, and Saturna Island. All islands have the ability for emergency air transport to hospitals on Vancouver Island or the Mainland.
For non-human companions, there are veterinary services on Galiano Island, Pender Island, and Salt Spring Island. There is also a vet in Sidney on Vancouver Island, just ten minutes from the Swartz Bay ferry terminal.