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

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

Rural Birth Protocol Review – Vernon News –
Jan 19, 2006
Rural Birth Protocol Review – Vernon News –

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