Update: Princeton without emergency care – South Okanagan News – Castanet.net

April 12, 2012

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by Jennifer Zielinski – Story: 64288
Sep 5, 2011
Update: Princeton without emergency care – South Okanagan News – Castanet.net.

Residents in Princeton will be without an emergency department today.

The Princeton General Hospital Emergency Department is closed from 8 a.m. Monday, September 5 to 8 a.m. Tuesday, September 6, due to physician availability. …more

Princeton hospital service disruption – South Okanagan News – Castanet.net

April 12, 2012

CASTANET.net
by Castanet Staff – Story: 62875
Jun 27, 2011
Princeton hospital service disruption – South Okanagan News – Castanet.net.

If you become ill in Princeton in July, the doctor may not be in. …more

Lack of doctors will close Princeton ER – Penticton News – Castanet.net

April 12, 2012

CASTANET.net
by Contributed – Story: 55594
Jul 8, 2010
Lack of doctors will close Princeton ER – Penticton News – Castanet.net.

A lack of doctors will result in the closure of the Emergency Department of a south Okanagan area hospital for several days this month. …more

Temp. closure of Princeton emergency – Penticton News – Castanet.net

April 12, 2012

CASTANET.net
by Contributed – Story: 53383
Mar 18, 2010
Temp. closure of Princeton emergency – Penticton News – Castanet.net.

Residents are advised that the Princeton General Hospital Emergency Department will be closed for the following 12-hour period due to physician unavailability: …more

IH helping find small town doctors – Kelowna News – Castanet.net

April 12, 2012

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by Kim Calloway – Power 104 – Story: 37938
Mar 16, 2008
IH helping find small town doctors – Kelowna News – Castanet.net.

Interior Health’s CEO says the health authority is working with local officials to address a coming doctor-gap in the small town of Clearwater. … more

Rural Birth Protocol Review – Vernon News – Castanet.net

April 12, 2012

CASTANET.net
Jan 19, 2006
Rural Birth Protocol Review – Vernon News – Castanet.net
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 Interior Health is launching a review of protocols for childbirth transfers in all of its rural hospitals. The review, which will be done by the BC Reproductive Care Program with support from BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, follows the roadside birth of a baby from Princeton late in December, 2005. An initial review of the December birth suggested that a standardized procedure might prevent this type of situation from recurring. The review will begin in late January. … more

Emergency department solution – Castanet.net – Letters to the Editor

March 1, 2012

CASTANET.net
by Contributed – Story: 71752
Mar 1, 2012
 Emergency department solution – Castanet.net – Letters to the Editor.

Monday’s emergency department closure in Princeton is just another reminder of the problems that exist with access to health care in BC

One possible solution includes utilizing Physician Assistants (PAs).  Other provinces including Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick are already successfully employing PAs and are realizing the benefits that they provide.

PAs, like myself have a high level of medical training and can deliver health care services similar to those provided by a physician.  PAs have a close and dependent relationship with physicians and function with negotiated autonomy.  Physician supervision can be done onsite or remotely.  This relationship would allow for a PA to work in places like the Princeton emergency department even when the physician is absent.

Perhaps now is the time to integrate PAs into our health care system.  Patients would be the big winners, with increased access to care, reduced wait times and quality medical care.

Nicole Nordine, Physician Assistant

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