Telehealth is a Saskatchewan Health program that provides medical consultation and services to rural or remote areas of the province through interactive videoconferencing. Health care providers can use Telehealth for appropriate clinical appointments, consultations, follow-ups, meetings, and continuing education.
If you are referred for a Telehealth Consult with a specialist, your medical appointment will happen through a live, real-time videoconference link. You and your specialist will be able to see and hear each other. It will feel as if you are in the same room!
How are Telehealth appointments made?
If your family physician recommends a Telehealth consultation with a specialist, your doctor will make the referral. The specialist will arrange a time and date, and you will receive an appointment letter. A Telehealth Coordinator will contact you a few days before your appointment to remind you and answer any questions you may have.
Within Saskatchewan, most specialists are located in Saskatoon and Regina; arrangements could be made to see your provider at a facility near you. However, you also have the option to connect to any other Telehealth site, depending on your needs and site availability
Within the Cypress Health Region Telehealth is available at the following facilities: Ponteix Health Centre, Prairie Health Care Centre (Cabri), Eastend Wolf Willow Health Centre, Gull Lake Special Care Centre, Herbert & District Integrated Health Facility, Leader Hospital, Shaunavon Hospital & Care Centre, Southwest Integrated Healthcare Facility (Maple Creek), Community Health Services (E.I. Wood Building), Cypress Regional Office, and the Cypress Regional Hospital. If you wish to see a health care provider using Telehealth, instead of travelling, talk to your family physician.
Some examples of the specialists available through Telehealth include:
- Child Psychiatry
- Pediatric Surgery
- Memory Clinic
- Internal Medicine
- Pediatric Rheumatology
- Wound/Ostomy Clinics
- Obstetrics / Gynecology
- Adult Psychology
Other services clinics may be available. Contact your Telehealth Coordinator or your physician for more information.
What equipment is used?
A Telehealth workstation includes a camera, monitor, and other special equipment that connects you with your specialist’s location.
Leader Hospital, Southwest Integrated Healthcare Facility (Maple Creek), Shaunavon Hospital & Care Centre and the Cypress Regional Hospital also have special patient cameras which are used for close up examination of the area of interest to the specialist.
It’s your health care, and your choice.
Everyone has the right to make decisions about their health care. Telehealth was created to reduce travel and costs associated with access to health services in rural and remote areas.
Technology isn’t for everyone! If you prefer to see a specialist in person rather than through Telehealth, tell your family physician.
However, most Telehealth patients are happy with their Telehealth appointments, and choose to use the system for follow-up appointments.
If you have any questions about Telehealth within the Cypress Health Region please contact the Telehealth Coordinator at 306.778.5444, email Cypress Telehealth, or visit the Ministry of Health’s Telehealth webpage.