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Arcola Health Centre to reopen

Sun Country Health Region is pleased to announce the reopening of Arcola Health Centre to emergency and inpatient service at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 22.

This reopening is the third successful return of medical services to communities in the Region which have been without doctors for some time. The Kipling Memorial Health Centre reopened in February and doctors from Assiniboia joined the Primary Health Care team in Coronach in March.

“We still have a long way to go to provide the number of doctors that we believe we need in all the communities in the Region but we are now making gains and heading in the right direction,” says Marga Cugnet, CEO, Sun Country Health Region.

The services of a doctor at the emergency department and for acute patients admitted to the Arcola Health Centre will be provided by the same group of doctors who are providing care to the people of Kipling. They will provide clinic services from the Primary Health Clinic in Carlyle and be available for on-call services at the Arcola Health Centre.

“We’ve been working zealously since the health centre closed in December to find doctors to again provide service for this community,” says Mrs. Cugnet.

“We are aware of the difficulties this closure has caused for the residents in these communities, especially those along Highway 13.”

The CEO says stability of service was a key requirement for reopening the health centre.

“We also are trying to find a sustainable solution for the Arcola/Carlyle/Redvers/Lampman/Stoughton catchment area that will provide stable service over the long term. We are in the process of creating the kind of system in this Region that ensures the Arcola Health Centre, and others, will remain open on a permanent basis. We recognize that the on and off-again service of recent years - as doctors choose to come and go in Arcola and other areas - has not served these communities well,” says Mrs. Cugnet.

Dr. Alexander Lukubisa, Dr. Boyale Bofoya, Dr. Farzana Timol and Dr. Phinda Soko are the doctors who will rotate in Arcola during the first few months of the contract.

Sun Country Health Region is grateful to the Moose Mountain Health Care Recruitment Committee and other foundations and groups in these communities who are assisting with the settlement services for the doctors. All parties involved in recruitment in recent years have learned that retention of doctors is as important as the initial recruitment. Community involvement is critical to successful retention over the long term. Local residents need to embrace the doctors and their families, not only as service providers but as active members of the community, to retain them over the long term.

Posted April 19  

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