A team at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital (CBRH) can be credited with improving its health standard mortality ratio (HSMR) from one of the worst in the country in 2017 to better than the national average. This was no small accomplishment, but the benefit translates to greater outcomes and longer lives, for those living with heart failure.
Nova Scotia’s ambulance system is trying something new to make sure ambulances staffed by two paramedics are available for the most urgent calls.
Emergency Health Services (EHS) is testing a new model where a single paramedic responds to the least urgent 911 calls. It’s called a SPEAR unit – that stands for Single Paramedic Emergency Advanced Life Support and Basic Life Support.
After 16 years as a pharmacist, Colleen MacInnis was ready to celebrate. It was February 9, and she and her staff at the TLC Pharmasave in Shelburne were joined by the local MLA for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, marking the opening day as one of 12 Community Pharmacy Primary Clinics in Nova Scotia.
“The very first morning, we stood together, the whole team, and it was like we needed to take a moment to recognize the fact that we are among the first in our profession to be stepping into this space,” said MacInnis.
Pharmacy has always played a critical role in ensuring the quality and safety of the cancer treatment patients receive, but the evolution of cancer drug offerings over the last few years has resulted in an even greater reliance on their expertise and the creation of new roles and responsibilities.
Patient safety and quality care have always been at the forefront for Nova Scotia Health teams. These past few years have strained our health care system and have challenged our health care teams. Some teams have been affected more than others—but all are feeling the impact.
From being born in Sudan and growing up in the United Arab Emirates, to establishing her own practice in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Dr. Dalia Eldol has been on a journey to make a difference in her community.
Over a 43-year career in nursing, Maureen Squarey’s impact on health care in Nova Scotia has been significant. Her legacy is exemplified in the countless patients who have benefitted from her care but also through two of her daughters who have chosen careers in health care – on different paths but still led by their purpose of “helping people”.
Nova Scotia Health’s Mental Health and Addictions Program (MHAP) is working to improve supports for people living with alcohol and other substance use challenges.
We gathered information on best practice supports for people needing withdrawal management or recovery supports from our patients/families and staff in Nova Scotia and from around the world.
Valet parking conjures up images of five-star hotels, ballgowns, and VIPs in flashy sports cars. But many patients in Halifax are finding out this service is not just for the rich and famous.
Partners for Care in partnership with Indigo Park is now offering valet parking at the Victoria General (VG) site of the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax. It’s a relief for anyone who has ever franticly circled the lot looking for parking while the clock ticks down on their appointment time.
A new Cape Breton Cancer Centre is under construction at Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Sydney.
The original Cape Breton Cancer Centre opened in 1998 and currently serves more than double the patients for which it was built. The new, stand-alone centre will provide a more comfortable, supportive centre focused on patients and their families. Technology and additional supports under one roof will enhance the quality of care for patients, closer to home, and reduce the number of visits over the course of treatment.