The North Cumberland Memorial Hospital Redevelopment Project is well underway in Pugwash, Nova Scotia. The new facility will provide space for the services housed in the current hospital and in the primary care clinic next door to be under one roof. This project update includes progress photos, an overview of what’s next and information about the planning team. This update was also shared via mail with local residents at the end of July 2022.
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.
“I come from a military background. My first job as a doctor was a family medicine physician in the military. You see regular clinic patients but there’s always that opportunity to deploy in war zones so trauma and emergency medicine was always an interest.”
At that time, he was also working in emergency part time and assisting with a residency program simulation through the hospital in Barrie, Ontario. “Medical simulation is an evolving tool that allows both medical learners and practicing physicians an opportunity to improve medical knowledge and comfort with scenarios and procedures not often encountered and potentially rarely performed (high acuity, low opportunity also known as HALO events),” explained Dr. Marshall.