Plans are being prepared to re-open emergency services and the acute care wing of Redvers Health Centre this fall, which have been closed since 2009.
"Sun Country Health Region has been working with the Redvers and District Community Health Foundation and Recruitment Committee on a plan to provide these services once again to the community," said Marga Cugnet, CEO, Sun Country Health Region."Now that there are two full time doctors in place in Redvers with a third one committed, we believe the time is right to re-open these services. Reinstatement of the services will provide access to emergency and acute care services for local residents and should reduce demand on Moosomin and Oxbow health services as well."
The Chair of the Redvers and District Community Health Foundation says the foundation is very excited to have the Redvers Health Centre reopening.
"I know this would not be possible without the countless hours that were put in by the foundation, the Redvers recruitment committee or without the support of the management team at Sun Country Health Region and Sun Country Regional Health Authority. We look forward to providing a higher quality of care to our community and thank them as well for their patience during this period," said Michael Garnier.
A third doctor has signed a commitment letter to open a practice in the community in 2015 and a fourth doctor has committed to the Recruitment Committee the intention to assist with the emergency department call schedule until that doctor arrives. As well, the filling of the Region's locum position will help with emergency coverage.
The plan calls for the re-opening of five acute care beds and two multipurpose beds for convalescent, palliative, respite and transitional use.
Additional registered nurses will be needed to fill vacant positions before the new services will be opened. Both new and current nursing staff will be required to undergo refresher courses related to emergency services such as advanced life support and trauma care.
"Thanks to the hard work of our staff and the community, we expect to be able to re-open these services by late fall," said Cugnet. "The Region is committed to putting patients first and providing the best services possible."