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Primary Health Care Site Approved for Cabri

Cabri and area residents will soon have improved access to quality, everyday health services including a broader team of health professionals. The enhancements are a result of adopting a Primary Health Care (PHC) model in the community that includes a Nurse Practitioner and visiting physician services.

“Our government is pleased to support enhanced, sustainable primary health care services for Cabri and the surrounding area,” said Minister Responsible for Rural and Remote Health Greg Ottenbreit. “I congratulate the Saskatchewan Health Authority, the Town of Cabri and the nearby municipalities on their forward thinking approach that will benefit residents into the future.”

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Health approved funding for the PHC model, including a full-time Nurse Practitioner and one day a week visiting physician services, following a joint submission from the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA), the Town of Cabri and surrounding municipal partners. The need arose after the retirement of Dr. Fanie de Nysschen in summer 2017. Locum (visiting) physicians have been providing coverage in the community since that time.

“We are very appreciative of the Ministry of Health’s financial investment into establishing a primary health care site that will serve the residents of Cabri and surrounding areas,” commented Bryce Martin, SHA Executive Director Primary Health Care for the southwest area. “Our relationship with the municipal councils is strong and their unwavering support for health care is recognized and acknowledged. It is an exciting announcement for the residents of the area and health professionals alike.”

“On behalf of the Town of Cabri and all municipal partners in the area I would like to emphasize how excited we are for the introduction of primary health care in our community,” commented David Gossard, Mayor of the Town of Cabri. “This is a very exciting announcement for health services in our area. We appreciate the commitment of funding from the Ministry of Health and the partnership with the Saskatchewan Health Authority as we work together to implement this model of services in our community.”

Work will now focus on recruitment of a nurse practitioner and visiting physician that will work alongside existing Primary Health Care staff in the community. Various technical upgrades are also required at the Cabri Medical Clinic to accommodate electronic medical record systems. Long-term care services will continue to be provided at the Prairie Health Care Centre in Cabri.

The Cabri Primary Health Care Site is funded to operate five days per week. Specific details including the opening date and hours of operation will be announced in the near future.

Primary Health Care is basic, everyday health care and is the foundation of the health system. It organizes health services to provide timely access to the right kind of care through a team of health professionals. PHC team members include physicians, nurse practitioners, health educators, dietitians, public/community health and others. When opened, the Cabri Primary Health Care Site will become Saskatchewan’s newest community to adopt the PHC model. To read more about Primary Health Care in Saskatchewan visit: http://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/health/accessing-health-care-services/primary-health-care.

Leader and District Integrated Healthcare Facility Construction Update

The capital expansion project in Leader, including various renovations and enhancements to the interior of the
existing long-term care side of the facility, continues to reach new construction milestones and remains on
schedule to open its doors as the Leader and District Integrated Healthcare Facility this summer.

The south home, the first of three houses to undergo renovations at the Western Senior Citizens Home, has been
re-occupied since the end of October 2017 and the west home was re-occupied in January 2018. The north home,
the third and final home to be completely renovated, is scheduled for residents to begin to move into their new
space this week.

“It’s great seeing residents enjoy the home-like atmosphere. At home, favourite places to gather as a family are
often the kitchen and dining room and you get that same feeling when you see residents connecting in the new
kitchens and dining room areas,” commented Brenda Schwan, executive director of continuing care for integrated
rural health for the Saskatchewan Health Authority. “The new space is welcoming and you can feel the warmth
and friendliness the moment you walk through the door.”

Meanwhile the $12 million capital construction attached to the Western Senior Citizens Home continues to
progress. Recent activity has included construction in the acute/primary care unit. The unit is rapidly taking shape
with the exterior finished and mechanical systems nearing completion. Painting and millwork (interior wood
finishings) are well underway and flooring and ceiling tiles are being installed. There is a large contingent of subtrades
on-site and the work is progressing quickly.

When the expansion project and renovation work is complete the facility will be renamed, as decided by
community members, the Leader and District Integrated Healthcare Facility. It will be the sole location of all of the
community’s health services bringing together acute care, emergency medical services, community health
services, primary health care and long-term care.

Leader and District Integrated Healthcare Facility Update

The capital expansion project in Leader, including various renovations and enhancements to the interior of the
existing long-term care side of the facility, continues to reach new construction milestones and remains on
schedule to open its doors as the Leader and District Integrated Healthcare Facility this summer.

The east home, the first of three houses to undergo renovations at the Western Senior Citizens Home, has been
re-occupied since the end of October 2017. The west home renovations began at the same time and residents are
anticipated to re-occupy this space on January 29. Work has also started in the north home, the third and final
home to be renovated, and is expected to be complete by April 2018.

“It’s nice to see residents settle into their new space and enjoy the new kitchen and dining areas,” commented Brenda Schwan, Executive Transition Lead – Continuing Care and Capital Project Lead for the Saskatchewan Health Authority. “The homelike atmosphere is refreshing and welcoming and you can really see residents embrace their new home.”

Meanwhile the $12 million capital construction attached to the Western Senior Citizens Home continues to
progress. Recent activity has included construction in the acute/primary care unit. The unit is rapidly taking shape
with exterior cladding, wall boarding and electrical and plumbing trade work well underway. Painting and flooring
are planned to start in late January. There is a large contingent of sub-trades on-site and the work is progressing
quickly.

When the expansion project and renovation work is completed the facility will be renamed, as decided by
community members, the Leader and District Integrated Healthcare Facility. It will be the sole location of all of the
community’s health services bringing together acute care, emergency medical services, community health
services, primary health care and long-term care. The facility’s design incorporates input from staff, physicians,
patients and family representatives.

A construction camera remains in place to document progress and captures a new birds-eye image of the site
every 15 minutes. The high resolution images may be viewed at any time on www.cypresshealth.ca.

Aerial photos of the construction progress at the Leader and District Integrated Healthcare Facility courtesy of aodbt architecture + design 

 

Influenza Immunizations Remain Available

Drop-in clinics now being offered throughout southwest

The Cypress Health Region has concluded its mass influenza immunization clinic schedule for the 2017 fall campaign.  The Region’s public health nursing team has provided nearly 40 clinics in 20 communities.

With the larger scale mass clinics now completed, the public health nursing team has moved to the next phase of the influenza immunization campaign.  A series of additional clinics have been made available to provide individuals and families with further opportunities to receive the flu vaccine.

Dr. David Torr, Medical Health Officer for Cypress Health, emphasizes that the public should get their immunization to help prevent the spread of influenza. “Attendance has been good and close to a quarter of the region’s population has been immunized by public health so far.  Those who have not yet had their immunization are encouraged to come and get it before the peak of the season.”

Additional drop-in style flu clinics have been scheduled and will be offered in the following communities/locations:

Swift Current – E.I. Wood Building, 4th Floor (350 Cheadle Street West)

  • Clinic times/dates: December 1, 8, 15, 22; January 5, 19; February 2, 16; March 2, 16, 30 – 8:30am to 11:30am

Maple Creek – Southwest Integrated Healthcare Facility (102 – 5th Avenue West)

  • Clinic times/dates: December 14, 21 – 10:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Leader – Leader Community Services (519 Main Street)

  • Clinic times/dates: November 28 – 9:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 4:00pm:

Shaunavon – Shaunavon Hospital and Care Centre (660 – 4th St East.)

  • Clinic times/dates: December 21 – 9:00am to 4:00pm

Each of the above-noted clinics is drop-in style with no appointment necessary.  Individuals are reminded to bring their Saskatchewan Health Card when receiving an influenza immunization.

Parents with children who are under 9 years of age and receiving the influenza immunization for the first time this year should be advised that their child will require a second dose of vaccine to enhance the protection.  The second dose will be required one month after the first dose is received.

Influenza vaccine is also available at many physician clinics and designated pharmacies (ages 9 and over only) throughout the Cypress Health Region.

Immunization is the single most effective measure one can take to protect themselves, their family members, and those around them.  The influenza immunization is beneficial for the entire population over the age of six months to receive.

For more details call public health nursing at 306-778-5280 or 1-866-786-2510 to make alternate arrangements.  Questions regarding the influenza vaccine can be directed to your nearest public health nursing office, your family physician, your community pharmacy, or by calling the provincial HealthLine at 8-1-1.

Take Home Naloxone Program Launched

Free kits available to those at risk of opioid overdose

As part of Saskatchewan’s expanding Take-Home Naloxone (THN) program, THN kits will be available in Swift Current starting November 28, 2017. The program is being launched by the Cypress Health Region in partnership with the Ministry of Health.

The THN kits will be available free of charge to individuals at risk of an opioid overdose. Along with the kit, education and training is provided on overdose prevention, recognition and response, including how to administer naloxone. Training will also be available to those who may witness an overdose, such as family members or friends.

Penni Caron, Director of Mental Health and Addictions for Cypress Health, said the aim is to save lives through education and access to the kits themselves.

“If you or someone you know is using opioids such as heroin, morphine and fentanyl, it’s important to be aware that resources like the Take Home Naloxone kit is available,” she noted.

Naloxone is an antidote to opioids such as fentanyl, morphine, heroin, methadone or oxycodone. When administered properly, naloxone can restore breathing to an individual experiencing an overdose. Naloxone is already in use in Saskatchewan emergency departments and by paramedics in emergency situations to treat an opioid overdose.

Anyone witnessing or experiencing an overdose should immediately dial 9-1-1.

Fentanyl is an opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin, oxycodone or morphine. It is a prescribed painkiller that is often added to illegal drugs without people knowing. Overdose deaths attributed to fentanyl have been rising across Canada.

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Health is providing $50,000 this year to fund THN programs across the province.  THN programs are available in the Saskatoon, Regina Qu’Appelle, Prairie North, Sunrise, Prince Albert Parkland, Five Hills, Sun Country, Heartland, Keewatin Yatthe and Cypress health regions.

Individuals interested in obtaining a kit or training, should contact the Cypress Health Region’s Mental Health and Addictions Centralized Intake Team at 1-877-329-0005.

 

 

2017-2018 InFLUenza Season

Residents encouraged to get immunized before the end of public clinics

As infuenza season continues, Cypress Health Region residents are encouraged to receive their free influenza immunization. The Region’s seasonal influenza immunization campaign began on October 23 and will run until November 25th.

Immunizations are the best way to protect yourself, your family, and those around you from influenza. Influenza immunization is currently available, free of charge, to all Saskatchewan residents six months of age and older.

“Influenza is more serious than the common cold and can cause significant illness, even death, especially in more vulnerable populations. We strongly urge members of the public to get immunized and help minimize illness and complications in our communities,” commented Dr. David Torr, Medical Health Officer for the Health Region.

Influenza activity in Saskatchewan is increasing. The percentage of laboratory tests positive for influenza remains higher for this time of year compared to previous seasons. The majority of influenza detections are for influenza A (H3N2). The vaccine available this year offers protection against the influenza A (H3N2) and three other strains of the influenza virus.

As of November 9, 2017 there have been approximately 5,800 immunizations provided through the Cypress Health Region’s mass immunization clinics. Additional doses have been administered by pharmacies and physician offices and are not included in this figure.
For more information about influenza and the ongoing influenza immunization program including clinic dates, times and locations please visit www.cypressshealth.ca/influenza

First Renovated Wing Completed in Leader as Capital Construction Project Continues

The capital expansion project in Leader, including various renovations and enhancements to the interior of the existing long-term care side of the facility, continues to reach new construction milestones and remains on schedule to open its doors as the Leader and District Integrated Healthcare Facility in summer 2018.

The first of three wings to undergo renovations at the Western Senior Citizens Home was completed on October 27 with residents re-occupying the wing on October 30.  The completed work included safety improvements with the installation of ceiling lifts, a new handheld nurse call system, and improved hand rails.  New LED lighting, paint, curtains, and flooring were also installed. The small-house model of care is being introduced, promoting resident choice and addressing known challenges with traditional long-term care delivery models such as loneliness and boredom.

Edna Dieterle and Art Trautwein, residents at the Western Senior Citizens Home, expressed their satisfaction.

“We are pleased with the new renovations. The rooms seem to be bigger and we like the new dining area that is smaller with fewer people. It allows for good conversation and a feeling of closeness,” they shared.

“The ten residents to move back into our first completed wing were very happy to see their new space and were excited with their new kitchen and dining areas,” commented Brenda Schwan, Vice President Continuing Care and Capital Project Lead.  “Residents have found the new look to be fresh and the atmosphere very welcoming.”

Renovation work has now shifted to the west wing and nursing station area. Each wing takes approximately 10-12 weeks for renovations to be completed.

Meanwhile the $12 million capital construction attached to the Western Senior Citizens Home continues to progress. Recent activity has included the installation of roof cap sheeting to create a water tight surface, ongoing ductwork, electrical, and plumbing services including mechanical systems, and the final enclosures of the building including exterior door installations.  The majority of internal wall studding has been completed and gypsum boarding (drywall) is scheduled to begin next week.  External cladding is also being installed.

When the expansion project and renovation work is completed the facility will be renamed, as decided by community members, the Leader and District Integrated Healthcare Facility.  It will be the sole location of all of the community’s health services bringing together acute care, emergency medical services, community health services, primary health care, and long-term care.  The facility’s design incorporates input from staff, physicians, patients, and family representatives.

A construction camera remains in place to document progress and captures a new birds-eye image of the site every 15 minutes.

Western Senior Citizens Home after renovations completed
Western Senior Citizens Home before renovations completed
The new dining and kitchen area promotes a small-house model of care delivery
Interior photo of the capital construction project, showing completed steel stud work

Food Safety During a Power Outage

It’s important to think about food safety during a power outage.

A power outage can spoil food and make it unsafe to eat.  If you experienced a short term power outage, the following tips may help you in deciding what is safe to eat and what you shouldn’t keep.

Did you know that a full upright freezer can keep its contents frozen for about 2 days, while a half freezer can keep food frozen for about a day if the doors are left closed? Without electrical power, refrigerators can keep food cool for four hours provided that the fridge is kept closed as much as possible.

When deciding if you should keep food from your freezer or fridge:

  • Use a probe thermometer to check internal food temperatures. If possible add bags of ice to the freezer to help keep the temperature cool for a longer period of time and replenish the ice as needed.
  • Throw out perishable foods such as meats, fish, poultry, eggs, and leftovers that have been at temperatures above 4°C (40°F) for more than two hours.
  • Foods that have thawed in the freezer may be re-frozen if they still have ice crystals.
  • Discard food items in the refrigerators that have come into contact with raw meat juices.
  • Consider using cooler or ice chests with a supply of ice for food storage.
  • Just remember, when in doubt, throw it out!

If you have any question or concerns please contact your area Public Health Inspector at (306) 778-5280.

For more information on food safety during a power outage see this Fact Sheet.

It’s InFLUenza Season – Plan to Get Immunized

Influenza Immunization Clinics to Begin October 23

Immunizations are the best way to protect yourself, your family, and those around you from influenza.  The Cypress Health Region will begin its seasonal influenza immunization campaign with the first clinic of the season on October 23 in Swift Current.

Vaccine will be available to all Saskatchewan residents at no cost.  Any person can attend any of the available public clinics to receive their immunization.  Starting October 23 and running until late November, 38 clinics will be offered in 20 communities throughout the southwest.  Several of these clinics offer evening and weekend opportunities.

Everyone is encouraged to receive their seasonal influenza vaccination.

“Influenza is more serious than the common cold and can cause significant illness, even death, especially in more vulnerable populations. A number of people get seriously ill every flu season and sadly deaths occur due to influenza. We strongly urge members of the public to get immunized and help minimize illness and complications in our communities,” commented Dr. David Torr, Medical Health Officer for the Health Region.

In addition to the public health immunization campaign, the public may also choose to receive their immunization from participating physician/nurse practitioner offices and pharmacies.  Please speak with your physician, nurse practitioner, or pharmacist to inquire about their offering of influenza immunizations.

“The vaccine is safe, effective, protective, and very rarely causes any complications. I strongly encourage everyone to get their annual influenza immunization and to encourage family, friends, seniors, and other members of the community to do the same – it is free and available to all.  You can get your shot through public health, pharmacies, and some physician offices, whichever is more convenient to you”, added Torr.

High risk groups for influenza include health care workers, adults and children with chronic or underlying health conditions, child care providers, residents of nursing homes and long term care facilities, seniors, healthy pregnant women, and children younger than 5 years but older than 6 months of age.

For more information regarding the dates and locations of the 2017 seasonal influenza immunization clinics in your community please refer to the flu clinic calendar that is being sent to household mailboxes throughout the region.  Additional influenza and immunization information will be available on the health region’s website and social media networks.  You may also speak to your family physician or call the provincial HealthLine at 8-1-1.

Choosing Wisely – Annual Exams

Physicians and healthcare providers in the Cypress Health Region have been participating in a national campaign focused on engaging in conversations with patients about unnecessary tests and treatments.  The Choosing Wisely initiative calls on clinicians and patients to make smart and effective choices to ensure high-quality care.

The Choosing Wisely campaign is built upon a growing list of tests, treatments, and procedures for which there is strong evidence of overuse, waste, or even possible harm to patients. Dr. Michele Jagga discusses annual exams and  the importance of choosing wisely.

Watch as Dr. Jagga explains why more is not always better when it comes to medical tests and treatments such as annual exams.

For more information on Choosing Wisely, please go to  https://choosingwiselycanada.org/