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RHA Highlights- September

Members of Sun Country Regional Health Authority (SCRHA), the governing body of Sun Country Health Region, will hold two meetings of the Community Leadership Network this fall. The public meetings will be held Tuesday, Oct 21 at the Kenosee Inn, Kenosee Lake, from 7-9 p.m. and in the Conference Room at Tatagwa View, in Weyburn, on Wednesday Oct 22 from 7-9 p.m.  All members of the public are invited to attend either meeting.

Members of the RHA learned at their September 24 meeting that water issues at Gainsborough Health Centre are expected to be resolved in the last week of September. Long term care residents of that facility who were temporarily housed in other facilities after the flood in June will return September 29 and 30.

Members also learned:

-          A new ambulance has been purchased for Estevan Emergency Medical Services.

-          The SCHR therapy department is planning a lymphedema wellness class for patients to include information about exercises, wellness and counseling services.

-          A Healthy Balance Workshop for seniors will be held in Estevan on Friday, Oct. 3.

-          Wait lists for physiotherapy services should begin to decrease with the return of two physiotherapists in mid-October. The additional therapists will mean increased service in the Bengough/Coronach areas, Radville, Kipling, Arcola and Redvers.

-          Two new doctors will join the Region’s Primary Health Clinics in Carlyle and Kipling.

-           Three Live Well workshops will be held in October, in Weyburn, Carlyle and Estevan.

-          Since April 1, seven medical residents completed rotations in Weyburn, Radville and Estevan and 20 medical students completed part of their education in Arcola, Weyburn, Redvers/Carlyle, Midale and Radville .

-          Sick time among staff members increased 8.41 per cent this summer, from April to August, over the same time period in 2013.

-          As of July 31, SCHR had no patients waiting more than three months for surgery. From April to July, the Region had 20 patients identified for cancer treatment and 17 who received treatment within three months.

-          The Region’s new locum for rural areas, Dr. Joel Mamchur, has assisted patients in Carnduff, Arcola, Carlyle and Kipling when the resident doctors are away.

-          Hot food carts funded from the provincial Urgent Issues Action Fund have arrived in Moose Mountain Lodge, Bengough Health Centre and Mainprize Manor.

-          Sun Country Health Region will join all other health regions and the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency in implementing an immunize or mask policy for staff during this year’s flu season. All staff members who are not immunized will be expected to wear a mask during flu season. Visitors to facilities will be asked to wear a mask, as well, if they have not received a flu shot.

-          SCHR is involved with provincial planning to ensure appropriate infection control practices are in place in case a patient arrives with suspected Ebola symptoms. Enhanced protective equipment for staff has been ordered.

-          Long term care residents of Willowdale Lodge are expected to be able to move to the new Kipling Integrated Health Centre at the end of November.

RHA members accepted and approved financial statements from the three affiliated health organizations in the Region; St. Joseph’s Hospital of Estevan, the Radville Marian Health Centre, and Sunset Haven in Carnduff.

The next meeting of the Regional Health Authority will be Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 at Tatagwa View in Weyburn.

 Posted September 29  






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