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Redvers Health Centre receives Telehealth equipment

The introduction of a new Telehealth Centre at Redver's Health Centre will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008 at 7 p.m. for an educational session about Diabetes Medications and the Role of the Pharmacist. The public is invited to the session.

This presentation will be sponsored by the Canadian Diabetes Association.

The Telehealth equipment at Redvers Health Centre links Redvers to other facilities in Sun Country Health Region, the rest of Saskatchewan and the world beyond.

Saskatchewan Health has supported the Telehealth Network in its mission to improve the quality and accessibility of health services and health information for all people in our province.

By using two-way videoconferencing, patients can ‘visit' a doctor or other health care provider in another community or city.

"Imagine a child from Redvers receiving care from Edmonton Stollery Childrens' Hospital without leaving the community!" says Marga Cugnet, Vice President of Primary and Integrated Health for Sun Country Health Region.

"Health care providers from every background can meet with peers to discuss treatments, share knowledge or conduct business, also without leaving the community," she says.

Marga encourages local community members to get involved, learn about self management and take an interest in their own health by receiving education in an interactive atmosphere using Telehealth technology.

The Telehealth system is managed by the Sun Country Health Region and Health Information Solutions Centre (Saskatchewan) to ensure absolute confidentiality. Support from the Redvers and area Foundation has assisted to bring this equipment into their community in partnership with Sun Country Health Region.

Appointments and events are handled though a complex scheduler system managing the Telehealth equipment, including our sites at Kipling, Arcola, Oxbow, Estevan and Weyburn health care facilities.

Anyone interested in attending events should register with your local Health Centre staff or by phoning 306-842-8605. This line is dedicated to registration messages to ensure that the systems are ready and that each session is held where it is needed.

Assistance to organize events is done by Mary Deren, Telehealth Co-coordinator for the Sun Country Health Region.

Calendars of events will be available soon.

Media: For more information, please call Marga Cugnet, Vice President of Primary and Integrated Health.

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