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Saskatchewan Rural and Remote Health Minister Randy Weekes (left) and Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson visited the South Cumberland Collaborative Emergency Centre on Thursday.
PARRSBORO – Parrsboro’s collaborative emergency centre has impressed officials with Saskatchewan’s government.
Health officials from the province toured the centre on Thursday and its premier, Brad Wall, announced later that his province intends to explore the implementation of the model as an innovative approach to provide emergency care.
“Collaborative emergency centres are working in Nova Scotia and they will work across the country,” Premier Darrell Dexter said. “We are happy to share our first-hand experiences with Saskatchewan or any other province so their citizens can receive better care sooner.”
The collaborative emergency model was created two years ago to respond to emergency room closures that plagued the health system over the previous decade. CECs keep emergency rooms open around the clock, seven days a week and they ensure patients have access to same-day or next-day appointments with physicians.
“We are looking to transform our health care system to ensure people have improved access to high quality health care,” Saskatchewan’s premier said. “We look forward to learning more about how Nova Scotia’s team-based model can improve access to emergency and primary health care in our rural and remote areas.”
The first CEC opened in Parrsboro last July. Since then, additional centres have opened in Springhill and Tatamagouche. Additional centres have been announced for Pugwash, Annapolis Royal and Musquodoboit Valley.