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Full Emergency Department Service resumes in Oxbow

Sun Country Health Region is pleased to announce a resumption of 24-hour emergency care at the Galloway Health Centre in Oxbow, effective 8 a.m., Monday, October 20.
Observation and assessment services at the Centre will resume at the same time.
"We hoped the reduction of service would be short-lived," says Marga Cugnet, Vice President of Primary and Integrated Care.
Mrs. Cugnet says that since the announcement was made September 27 to reduce emergency department service to 12 hours a day due to a shortage of registered nurses (RNs), Sun Country Health Region continued to act on alternative plans. Provincial legislation requires one RN on each emergency department shift.
Those plans came to fruition, with the assistance of the RNs at Galloway Health Centre.
• One RN who was waiting to be licensed has since received approval from the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association and has completed orientation.
• A second RN, who retired earlier this summer, has agreed to come back to work for a short period of time.
• Another RN, who was away, has become available.
• The services of a contract nurse have been confirmed.
• A proposed schedule from local RNs facilitates continuous coverage again.
With these changes, it is possible to safely provide a full 24-hour Emergency Department service for Oxbow and area.
"We are very pleased that the plans have allowed the resumption of service," says Mrs. Cugnet.
"We sincerely regret the worry caused to the public during the period of reduced service."
Mrs. Cugnet says recruitment continues to be SCHR's top priority to ensure the safe provision of service in all health care facilities in the Region.

Media: For more information, please call Marga Cugnet, Vice President, Primary and Integrated Health at 842-8729.



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