Northern Health hears update on medical services in northeast

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Northern Health’s Board of Directors held their regular meeting in Fort St. John on Monday, and  heard details about the work being done in the northeast to enhance health services.

The team in the Prenatal Clinic at the North Peace Division of Family Practice has grown since it was established in January 2014, with twelve general practitioners now working at the Prenatal Clinic.

In addition, there are nurses, dietitians, mental health and addiction workers and a diabetes educator as well. A care plan has also been developed to guide this inter-professional team in providing consistent patient care.

The board also heard about a program being implemented across the region to encourage youth to enter health care fields.

The results of the consultations with students about the Grow Our Own program were also shared with the Board. During world café events held in Fort St. John and Prince George, feedback was gathered from past students.

Feedback will lead for the program to be revamped, and a handout called ‘Health Care Careers – What’s out there for me? – How do I start?’ will be mailed directly to the students’ homes following a presentation.

A ‘Safe Patient Handling Peer Champion Training Program’ was also discussed, which arose from a provincial collaboration and has been successfully implemented in facilities across the Northern Health region.

“We place a high priority on developing and maintaining a safe and healthy work environment for our employees,” said Cathy Ulrich, Northern Health President & CEO. “I am pleased to see such high staff participation in this program and to hear that it is having a positive impact on the safety of their work environment.”

The program gives caregivers an understanding of ergonomic risk factors, early signs and symptoms of injury, and work procedures that control or minimize workplace risks.

There was full attendance in the last five sessions.

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