When I first came across the term “patients with complex needs” as a medical student, I didn’t fully understand what this meant. I wondered, doesn’t every patient have “complexities” in their life experiences, resources and needs? On a philosophical level, perhaps the answer is “yes.” However, the Agency for Healthcare and Quality defines patients with complex needs as “persons with two or more chronic conditions where each condition may influence the care of the other condition.”
The vaccine is now available from most pharmacists, family doctors, family practice nurses and nurse practitioners.
· Many workplaces also offer flu vaccination clinics for employees.
· Some walk-in clinics may also offer flu vaccination; it’s best to check with a clinic in advance.
· Pharmacists can provide flu vaccination to children five years of age and older.
· If you have a child under five years of age who does not have a health care provider, please contact your local Public Health office to arrange their flu shot.
Nova Scotia Health Authority, the Valley Hospice Foundation and the Department of Health and Wellness are thrilled to be starting construction on the long-awaited new hospice facility for the Annapolis Valley community.
The Cape Breton Cancer Centre is encouraging residents of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality to take a step toward better health with Walk with a Doc, a health program that brings doctors and patients together to walk.
With recreational cannabis now legal in our country, Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) reminds everyone that all NSHA sites and services are smoke-free environments. Smoking or vaping, whether it be cannabis, tobacco or other products, is not permitted. Anyone who chooses to smoke must also be aware of municipal bylaws that restrict where smoking can occur in public places.