Eastend Wolf Willow Health Centre

Please be advised that there will be a temporary disruption of services on Monday, April 24th, 2017 from 8:00am to 4:00pm.  During this time there will be no lab/x-ray services available.  Lab/x-ray services will resume on Tuesday, April 25th from 8:00am to 4:00pm.

(Current regular hours of LAB service (8:00am – 3:00pm – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday; 8:00am – 5:00pm on Wednesday)

If you have any questions or concerns contact: Health Services Manager, Eastend Wolf Willow Health Centre at 306-295-2644.  If you have a medical emergency call 9-1-1.



Protecting Yourself Against Hantavirus

Residents reminded to take precautions this spring

Spring is upon us and many have already begun spring cleaning processes. Please be reminded of the potential for exposure to Hantavirus.

Hantavirus is a deadly disease transmitted by infected rodents through urine, droppings, or saliva. Most cases occur in the spring during cleaning when people may breathe in air borne particles. It is especially important to take precautions while cleaning areas where mice or mouse droppings are present including homes, sheds, barns, cabins, and stored vehicles/equipment.

Early symptoms of Hantavirus are similar to the flu but can quickly develop into severe breathing problems.  In some cases Hantavirus infection can be fatal. If a person is infected the disease appears within one to five weeks. Initial symptoms include fever, body aches, and abdominal problems but can progress to severe trouble breathing. Anyone who develops difficulty breathing and has recently been in an area contaminated by rodents should see a doctor immediately.

The most effective precaution against infection is to keep rodents out of homes and work areas and immediately trap any that get in.

If you find signs of mice, properly clean and disinfect any areas contaminated by rodent droppings. To do so properly follow these steps:

  1. Wear rubber or plastic gloves. If you are cleaning in a confined space, wear a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtered respirator.
  2. Do not sweep or vacuum rodent droppings. This will release particles into the air, which you could then breathe in.
  3. Spray droppings with a household disinfectant or a mixture of one part bleach to nine parts water. Let the area soak for 10 minutes to make sure any virus within the droppings will be killed.
  4. Wipe up wet droppings with paper towels or a wet mop if dealing with a large area.
  5. Wash gloves in disinfectant and hot soapy water before taking them off.  Afterwards, wash your hands thoroughly.
  6. If a wet mop was used to clean the area, use disinfectant and hot soapy water to clean the mop.

For more information on Hantavirus, visit cypresshealth.ca or saskatchewan.ca.

Top Baby Names in Saskatchewan for 2016

The top 20 baby names for 2016 were released by eHealth Saskatchewan today.  Liam was the most popular name for baby boys for the seventh year in a row, and Olivia and Emma tied for the most popular name for baby girls.

The second most popular boy name was Oliver and the third most popular girl name was Ava.  There were 73 baby boys named Liam in 2016, followed by William, Oliver, Noah and Benjamin.  There were 78 baby girls named Olivia and Emma, followed by Ava, Emily, Amelia and Sophia.

Most Popular Baby Names in Saskatchewan for 2016 | News and Media | Government of Saskatchewa.

In 2016, 15,674 live births were registered in Saskatchewan, an increase of 177 from the number of births registered in 2015, which totalled 15,497.  These numbers do not include Saskatchewan mothers who gave birth outside of the province.

For more information on the most popular baby names, and to see the lists of the popular names from previous years, visit the eHealth Saskatchewan’s website at www.eHealthSask.ca.

Food Recall Warning For Robin Hood Brand All Purpose Flour, Original

The Public Health Agency of Canada is collaborating with federal and provincial public health partners to investigate an outbreak of Escherichia coli, called E. coli O121 that has now been linked to Robin Hood All Purpose Flour, Original. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a food recall warning advising Canadians of the recalled product that has been distributed in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. The investigation is ongoing and it is possible that additional products linked to the outbreak investigation may be identified.

Canadians are advised not to use or eat any Robin Hood All Purpose Flour, Original sold in 10 kilogram bags with a code containing BB/MA 2018 AL 17 and 6 291 548 as these products may be contaminated with E. coli.

This outbreak is a reminder that it is not safe to taste or eat raw dough or batter, regardless of the type of flour used as raw flour can be contaminated with harmful bacteria such as E.coli.

E. coli are bacteria that live naturally in the intestines of cattle, poultry, other animals, and humans. Most E. coli are harmless to humans. However, there are many different strains of E.coli, and some varieties can cause serious illness.

Who is most at risk?

Although anyone can get an E. coli infection, pregnant women, those with compromised immune systems, young children and older adults are most at risk for developing serious complications.

What you should do to protect your health?

Check to see if you have the recalled product in your home.  If you do:

  • Do not use or eat recalled Robin Hood All Purpose Flour, Original. Secure the recalled product in a plastic bag and throw it out or return it to the store where it was purchased for a refund.
  • If you have flour without its original packaging and are unsure if it is included in the food recall, throw it out just to be safe.
  • Thoroughly wash any containers that were used to store the recalled product before using them again.
  • If you suspect you may have used recalled flour to make baked goods or a non-baked product, such as children’s play-dough, throw it out. Wash all surfaces or containers where the product may have been used or stored.
  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water immediately following any contact with the recalled product.

For general use of flour, the following tips will also help reduce your risk of becoming ill:

  • Do not taste raw dough or batter. Eating a small amount could make you sick.
  • Bake or cook items made with raw dough or batter before eating them.
  • Always use hot water and soap to wash any bowls, utensils, or surfaces that flour was used on.
  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water immediately after touching flour, raw dough or batter.
  • Contact your healthcare provider if you think you have become ill from eating raw dough or batter or from consuming or handling a flour product.

People infected with E. coli can have a wide range of symptoms.  Some do not get sick at all, though they can still spread the infection to others. Others feel as though they have a bad case of upset stomach. Still others become seriously ill and must be hospitalized.

The following symptoms can appear within one to ten days after contact with the bacteria:

  • severe stomach cramps
  • watery or bloody diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • nausea
  • headache
  • little or no fever

Most symptoms clear up within five to ten days without needing to see a healthcare professional. However, some people who are infected with E. coli develop life-threatening symptoms, including kidney failure, seizures and stroke. While most individuals will recover completely, others may suffer permanent health effects, like kidney damage. Death can also result in extremely rare cases.

For more details on this affected product and the recall visit the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Mumps Confirmed in Cypress Health Region

Positive lab results received from the National Medical Laboratory in Winnipeg have confirmed the presence of mumps within the Cypress Health Region.  The Region is currently reporting three confirmed cases and a fourth suspected case, affecting both youth and adult individuals.

Mumps activity has been reported across Canada, with a number of recently identified cases in Alberta and Manitoba including individuals within the hockey community.  The confirmed cases within Cypress Health also include individuals from the hockey community.

Mumps is an acute viral infection characterized by painful swelling of the glands on one or both sides of the jaw.  Mumps can also affect the reproductive organs sometimes with long term complications.Other symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and joint aches, sore throat, vomiting, tiredness and loss of appetite.  Symptoms can appear 14-25 days following the original exposure and the virus can be unknowingly transmitted to others during that time.

The mumps virus can be easily spread by coughing, sneezing, or being in contact with another person’s saliva.  Transmission is more likely in crowded environments and with close contact such as classrooms, sporting events, bars, and dormitory living.

“Mumps can be quite a painful illness to go through and un-immunized cases have more severe symptoms than immunized individuals and likely with more complications,” commented Dr. Torr, Medical Health Officer for Cypress Health.  “It is key that individuals are up to date with their immunizations, most especially at this time those involved in sports, including players, coaches, volunteers, parents, and others.  A significant number of cases across the country, and locally, have been associated with sports gatherings.  We are encouraging children and adults to make sure they are up to date with their immunizations. Those born before 1970 are likely to have acquired natural immunity. Those born after 1970 should make sure that they are up to date with their immunizations, and if not, should contact public health to get up to date.”

Dr. Torr recommends a variety of measures that can help to reduce the spread of the mumps virus:

Vaccination is essential – infants and children receive protection as part of their MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) immunizations; teenagers and adults can contact their local public health office to check their immunization status and schedule an appointment for a booster if required.

  • Individuals suspected of having mumps or mump-like symptoms should stay away from childcare, school, post-secondary settings, sporting and social events, and workplaces for at least five days after onset of symptoms.
  • Cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Avoid sharing eating utensils, water bottles, drinks, and lipsticks with others.
  • Call ahead before going to your physician, so they can prepare to see you without exposing others.

“In addition frequent hand hygiene, especially when at events or public places, not sharing eating and drinking utensils, and toys for daycares are all key measures that help reduce spread of infection. Of course, those ill with mumps symptoms should get checked by their health practitioner and stay at home whilst recovering,” Dr. Torr added.

For more information on the mumps virus and immunization status, please contact your local Public Health office, call Toll-Free at 1-866-786-2510, visit your family physician/nurse practitioner’s clinic or visit www.saskatchewan.ca and search mumps.  Please visit www.saskatchewan.ca for more mumps facts.  The provincial HealthLine can also be contacted 24 hours per day by calling 811 for any non-urgent health questions.

Gull Lake Special Care Centre – Temporary Disruption of Services

Emergency outpatient services and health centre admissions will be available at the Gull Lake Health Centre in Gull Lake, SK during the hours of 10:00am to 6:00pm, Monday to Friday. These services will not be available in Gull Lake during all other times. Long term care services will not be affected by these temporary disruptions of services.

For full details on the April hours of service view the April Hours of Service Calendar for Gull Lake.

Buckley’s Syrups Recalled

Buckley’s syrups recalled due to potential choking hazard

Health Canada is advising Canadians that GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Consumer Healthcare Inc. has initiated a voluntary recall of certain Buckley’s syrup products from stores.  A defect with the plastic seal may cause it to fall into the bottle and present a potential choking hazard if swallowed.  This seal is a circular plastic layer that is clear or semi-transparent and approximately 1.7 cm in diameter.

The affected products are indicated for use by adults and children above 12 years old.  Buckley’s Jack and Jill children’s syrup is not part of the recall as it uses a different seal.

Check your home to see if you have purchased any of these recalled products. Do not drink directly from the bottle.  Pour the syrup into a teaspoon and check for the plastic seal before consuming.  Call your doctor if you have used these products and have any health concerns.

For details on these affected products and this recall visit the Healthy Canadians website.

Mumps Activity Reported in Several Provinces

Several provinces, including Manitoba and Alberta, are reporting mumps. Transmission has occurred in the context of sports activities and bar scenes in young adults; however, in Manitoba, mumps is now being reported in all ages throughout the province.

Mumps Activity in Canada: Manitoba has been reporting cases of mumps since September 2016; British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and Nova Scotia are also reporting cases.  The outbreak in Manitoba began with a university sports team and now is being reported in all ages throughout the province.  Saskatchewan is not experiencing an outbreak of mumps.  There have been no cases of mumps reported in Saskatchewan to date in 2017 and two reported cases of mumps were reported in 2016.

Mumps is an acute viral infection characterized by unilateral or bilateral tender, self-limited swelling of the parotid or other salivary glands.  Symptoms may be mild and include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite.  Up to 30% of infections may be asymptomatic and symptoms occur 14 to 25 days following exposure.

The mumps virus replicates in the upper respiratory tract and is spread through contact with respiratory secretions or saliva.  Transmission is more likely in crowed environments and with close contact such as classrooms, sporting events, bars, and dormitory living.

Risks in Saskatchewan:  

  • An immunization coverage rate of 75% to 86% is required to stop/interrupt transmission – our coverage rates range from 59% (at 13 months) to 89.5% (at 17 years).
  • University students, including international students and athletes, may not have had 2-doses of mumps-containing vaccine, creating conditions for disease transmission.
  • Under-immunization or no immunization increases the risk of transmission.
  • Mumps-containing vaccine (i.e. MMR) was introduced in Saskatchewan in 1979. Individuals born between 1979 and 1990 may have only received one dose.
  • Risk increases the longer and the closer a person comes into contact with someone who has mumps.

To help reduce the spread of the mumps virus:

  • Vaccination is recommended.
  • Keep people suspected of having mumps from childcare, school, post-secondary settings and workplaces for at least 5 days after onset of parotitis and for 9 days if symptoms persist.
  • Cover mouth and nose when coughing.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Avoid kissing or sharing eating utensils, water bottles, drinks, and lipsticks.

For more information on the mumps virus and immunizations contact the Public Health Office or call the HealthLine at 811.

Cabri – Prairie Health Care Centre

Emergency outpatient services and health centre admissions will be available at the Prairie Health Care Centre in Cabri, SK during the hours of 8:00am to 12:00pm and 12:30pm to 3:30pm, Monday to Friday. These services will not be available in Cabri during all other times. Long term care services will not be affected by these temporary disruptions of services.

For full details on the April view this calendar for Hours of Service for Cabri.


Construction Underway in Leader

Capital Project to Expand Western Senior Citizens Home Underway

The construction site adjacent to the Western Senior Citizens Home in Leader, SK is now a hub of activity as construction crews have mobilized and started to create a strong foundation for the $12 million expansion project.

Contractors and sub-contractors of Wright Construction Western have fenced off the construction area and welcomed the first trade, the pilings contractor, on site January 31.  Pilings are deep cylindrical holes dug into the ground that are then filled with strong materials, such as concrete, to provide a strong foundation for a structure to be built on top of them.  Piling work has been taking place throughout February and is anticipated to be completed by the end of month (depending on frost depths).  After the completion of pilings, construction of grade beams will closely follow with grade beam materials now beginning to arriving on-site.

“It is obviously very exciting to see crews on site beginning to construct this much needed project that will bring all of the community’s health services under one roof,” noted Brenda Schwan, Capital Lead and Vice President of Continuing Care for Cypress Health.  “This project has been a priority for our Region and the entire community for the past several years.  Seeing it now progress to the beginning stages of construction is a very satisfying achievement for everyone involved.”

Originally announced in September, 2014, the project will result in all health services available in the Town of Leader being offered in a single, integrated facility.  Currently health services are divided between the existing Western Senior Citizens Home, the Leader Hospital, the Leader Primary Health Care site, and a separate ambulance garage. The expansion will include universal care treatments rooms, a therapies suite, acute care inpatient rooms, one isolation room offering a new service to the community that is not currently available, one trauma/emergency room, lab/x-ray service centre, and EMS.

Planning and design work for the expansion has been completed with collaborative input from project partners including aodbt architecture, Leader health services staff, physicians, patient and family representatives, primary health care clinic team members, community members, and others.  A series of quality improvement tools have been used in the design’s development including a Value Stream Mapping event held in December 2014 and a 3P (Production, Preparation, Process) event held in January, 2015.  Combined with earlier development work, these have led to an inclusive design that will meet the needs of all users.

“In our planning stages we looked at things like flows of patients moving throughout the facility, walking distances for staff, and how best to maximize the new spaces so that rooms and supplies are in the locations that make the most sense,” added Schwan.  “In the end we have a design that we are very confident will meet the needs of the community for many years to come and we look forward to continuing to watch as the facility is built.”

The project is funded through the traditional 80/20 split funding formula with the provincial government contributing $9.6 million towards the project with the remaining $2.4 million raised by local municipalities.  The Region extends its appreciation to the government and the many municipalities who have contributed their share while also providing funding for necessary equipment and furnishing costs.

The anticipated construction completion date of the project is in the summer of 2018.

An on-site construction camera has been ordered and will be installed in the very near future.  The camera will be located at the construction site, capturing and archiving images of the expansion project as it is erected. Once installed the camera will be posted on the Health Region’s website and will be available for viewing 24 hours per day.