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Sun Country Health Region commends staff

Sun Country Health Region commends the staff of the Arcola Health Centre and the Inpatient Mental Health Unit in Weyburn for their speedy actions to protect health care providers, staff members and patients/residents/clients from a potential threat this week. The staff members acted calmly and professionally under difficult circumstances. Safety is the Region’s first priority and the quick response addressed the potential threat.

The Region also thanks the Carlyle RCMP and Weyburn City Police for their swift intervention and ongoing assistance.

Arcola Health Centre was locked down most of Wednesday due to threats of physical harm made to several health care providers.  The Inpatient Unit received a telephone threat and reported it to Weyburn City Police.

The Region is grateful no one was physically injured during the incident but the psychological impact is a concern. Staff members in both facilities continued to provide services as usual on Thursday. 

Senior members of Sun Country Health Region staff visited the facilities on Wednesday afternoon as soon as they could gain access. Staff members have been debriefed and offered stress counselling. Any member of the public who may have been affected may call 306-842-8665 or toll free at 1-800- 216-7689 for mental health support as well.

Marga Cugnet, President and CEO of Sun Country Health Region, said the Region takes this situation very seriously.  “The safety of staff members and the public is always the Region’s first priority.”   She said the Region will conduct a thorough review of the incident to determine if anything could have been done to avoid the situation and what actions can be taken to prevent a similar situation.

The Ministry of Health has been notified of the incident.

Posted October 30. 

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