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More Nova Scotians will receive primary healthcare services as a new mobile clinic begins moving around the province. Care is provided by doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, paramedics and other primary care providers. The clinic offers a combination of in-person and virtual treatment for injuries and illnesses such as flu or cold symptoms, rashes, muscle pain and urinary tract infections. People can also get prescriptions refilled or renewed.
It’s clear that there is a great need to enhance access to care, as we are facing many challenges related to the pandemic, crisis level staffing shortages, along with recruitment and retention issues especially in rural communities across the province. That’s why Nova Scotia Health and Dalhousie Family Medicine are collaborating on a new initiative to ensure more Nova Scotians are connected to a primary care provider, and recent graduates of Dalhousie Family Medicine gain valuable hands-on experience.
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.”