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Ciad Mìle Fàilte (Gaelic for one hundred thousand welcomes) to two of Cape Breton’s newest family medicine specialists, Dr. Kathryn Binnersley and Dr. Jasmine Waslowski who are set to start practices in Inverness this fall. This was a recruitment steeped slow and steady, over a two-year residency program filled with plenty of memorable experiences in the community and with local physicians.
It is now faster and easier for physicians and other authorized care team members to access the latest patient census and health data at emergency departments across Nova Scotia. A new software solution – PatientTrak – is now available in emergency departments at Nova Scotia Health’s eight regional hospitals as well as IWK Health in Halifax that serves women, children youth and families across the Maritimes.
It’s often the little things that make a big difference. That was certainly true when a patient undergoing cancer treatment provided feedback about Nova Scotia Health washrooms to the Cancer Care Quality Council. Cancer Care leadership passed the feedback along to the Maintenance and Operations team. As someone who used an ostomy bag, the patient was frustrated by the absence of simple items that would help make the experience of changing her ostomy bag easier. Her comment? “I just need a shelf and some extra hooks.”
Nova Scotia Health’s Innovation Hub has launched a six-month pilot program with Virtual Hallway, a Nova Scotian company that connects primary care providers with specialists to improve patient access to specialist care. Virtual Hallway aims to improve patient access to specialist care by facilitating rapid specialist phone consults for family doctors and nurse practitioners while also saving time and effort.
As the largest academic health sciences network in Atlantic Canada, Nova Scotia Health is committed to building capacity in our healthcare workforce through supporting a culture of lifelong learning and professional development across all areas of health. A critical component of learning is placements for students at Nova Scotia Health, which ensure that this new generation of health care professionals can successfully join the workforce.
Mental health challenges have materialized or worsened for many since the onset of COVID-19. Feelings of anxiety, loneliness and uncertainty have attributed to a shift in our baseline mental state. Throughout the pandemic, the accelerated adoption of virtual care is one solution that has been instrumental in supporting people in need. “It felt like the little mosquito in my mind was just getting a bit louder,” said Jade Nauss who sportively refers to her generalized anxiety disorder as “Tito,” inspired by the character “The Anxiety Mosquito,” representing anxiety in humans in the hit animated show “Big Mouth.” Nauss lives in Halifax and enjoys hanging out with friends, snuggling with her cats, relaxing with Netflix and trying new local ciders at patios on the weekends.