Two physicians closing practices in community as region recruits replacement coverage
The Cypress Health Region has been advised that Dr. Monga-N’Dimo Palangi and Dr. Mohd Hoque will be closing their practices in Leader at the end of August. Recruitment efforts are underway and contingency plans are being developed that include the use of locum (visiting) physician coverage.
Dr. Satbir Jhand and Nurse Practitioner Mikki Millar will continue to serve as primary care providers in the community. The Region’s priority is to maintain safe, quality health care services for residents of Leader and surrounding areas.
One replacement physician has been successfully recruited pending completion of the Saskatchewan International Physician Practice Assessment (SIPPA) program. With successful completion it is anticipated that the candidate would be available to begin practicing in January 2018.
In the interim the Region is working with other rural physicians and locums to continue to provide residents with access to acute and emergency services. Many of the dates between September 1, 2017 and January 2018 have been secured with locum physician services. Minimal disruptions to services are anticipated. The Region remains committed to returning to a full complement of three physicians in Leader and is optimistic that recruitment efforts will be successful. Long-term care services will not be affected.
Residents seeking a physician or nurse practitioner appointment may continue to do so by contacting the Leader Primary Health Care Site at 306-628-4584. If experiencing or witnessing a medical emergency please dial 9-1-1 and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) staff will be dispatched to assist. For non-medical emergencies the provincial HealthLine may be utilized. Staffed 24/7 by registered nurses and other healthcare professionals, HealthLine is a free service and can be contacted by calling 8-1-1.
The Cypress and Heartland Health Regions are working together to determine what coverage can be provided to continue to offer physician and nurse practitioner services at the Eatonia Clinic.
Additional updates will be provided to residents as they become available. The Region appreciates the patience and understanding of residents during this time.