First of many rural systems to be set up in province
PARRSBORO - The province announced a new way of delivering emergency care with the announcement of a new collaborative emergency centre (CEC) here on April 5.
Premier Darrell Dexter, Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald and Dr. John Ross, architect of the province's emergency care plan, were among those on hand at the local medical centre to announce the new program, which will take effect in July of this year.
"Your community hospital will not close. If you have an emergency in the middle of the night, you can feel comfortable knowing a health care professional will be there to get you the help you need," said Dexter, in what he described as one of the most important health care announcements in the history of the province.
"With the opening of the new CEC, the current collaborative practice already established here will have extended hours and will be open seven days a week," he continued. "
Starting in July, he said the practice will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. every day, while care in the evenings will be provided by a paramedic and a nurse on site, supported by an EHS oversight physician via telephone. Patients will have same-day or next-day access to appointments with the primary health care team of doctors and nurse practitioners on site.
(For the full story, see the April 16 issue of The Citizen)
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