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RHA Highlights - January 2016

Regional CT service to open in February

At the regular meeting of the Sun Country Regional Health Authority on Jan. 27, 2016, members learned the official opening of the Sun Country Health Region CT scan will take place on Monday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. in St. Joseph’s Hospital, where the regional service will be located. 

In other matters, members of the Authority learned that:

- With a five-bed Dementia Unit opening April 1, 2016 at the Wascana Rehab Centre, Sun Country Health Region will educate long term care staff in a new philosophy of care.  P.I.E.C.E.S. is a best practice learning and development initiative that provides an approach to understanding and enhancing care for individuals with complex physical and cognitive/mental health needs and behavioural changes. The approach provides a systematic approach to the common issues, diagnosis, and challenges of older persons at risk, including those with aggressive behavior.

- Enbridge Resources has made a commitment of $10,000 each for Weyburn and Estevan to be used for the purchase of ambulances.

- In December, there were eight new hires, including the following hard to recruits: two registered nurses, one graduate nurse, one social worker and one cook.

- Since April 1, 2015, 59 bursaries have been awarded to health students in the following programs: Medicine (1), Nurse Practitioner (2), Medical Laboratory Technologist (1), RN/RPN (43) and EMR (12). 

- Flu immunization rates for SCHR staff members remain below the same period last year. About 70 per cent of the staff has received flu vaccine. Vaccine will be available to staff for the remainder of January and into February. There have been very sporadic cases of influenza in Saskatchewan. Emergency Department and community influenza surveillance has started in SCHR.

- The Lymphedema Program operates in the Weyburn Therapy Department although there are pumps in both Estevan and Weyburn offices.  Seven clients are on the wait list.  Ninety-five clients have been through the program with 75 clients remaining on the Maintenance Program.   

- Changes to the Weyburn Primary Health Clinic complement of doctors: three doctors have departed. Dr. Ebenezer Adediji has joined the clinic as of January 14. The Region is actively recruiting to fill the remaining positions. With the addition of Dr. Adediji, the Region plans to provide services to the community of Fillmore, date to be determined.

- Due to the departure of Dr. Amadasun, Carnduff is no longer a Primary Health Care site. Tentative plans are being made to determine opportunity for NP services in the communities of Gainsborough and Oxbow with the health region facilities. These services would target women’s health and spirometry. Doctors from Redvers are providing clients two days per week in Carnduff.  Dr. Botha will provide services to long term care residents in Gainsborough and do site visit once every two weeks.

- One lab-confirmed case of Whooping Cough (Pertussis) was reported in Sun Country Health Region in late October and no secondary cases were identified. Given the high coverage rates for pertussis in SCHR, the lack of secondary cases is not surprising. The immunization rate for four year olds in SCHR is 94.1 per cent. For children in Grade 8, the immunization rate is 85.2 per cent. One case was reported in Weyburn in January.  Follow up of all contacts was done. SCHR Public Health accelerated the Grade 8 Tdap boosters and all schools were completed early in December.

The next public meeting of the Sun Country Regional Health Authority will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016 in Conference Room 1, Tatagwa View, Weyburn.   

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