FORT NELSON, B.C. -The healthcare team in Fort Nelson is doing everything they can to care for patients efficiently despite a lack of resources and staff.
Northern Health posted on social media about the team’s daily meetings, highlighting the importance of interprofessional communication with limited resources.
“It’s a team effort,” says Lynn Fertuck, Interprofessional Team Lead for Fort Nelson. “We have a job to do, and we work together to get the job done.”
The team is huddling up every morning to ensure everyone is on the same page, and patients are getting the best care possible each day.
Social workers, home support workers, nurses, and administrative staff make up the team of healthcare workers in Fort Nelson. Gathering first thing each morning for around 30 minutes, they discuss the plan for the day.
The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality is currently looking for a company or individual to advocate for fair healthcare in the region.
Last week, Fort Nelson Mayor Gary Foster said these are not new issues to the region.
“There is a shortage of nurses all across the north; there is a shortage of all sorts of healthcare workers across the north. These are issues that are going to have to be addressed over time,” said Foster.
Fort Nelson doctors join in on the huddles periodically, and they reach out to the healthcare team on an as-needed basis. Visiting Specialists also participate in the huddles to share case reviews with the team.
Multiple healthcare team members may see patients for different reasons, so these huddles help ensure coordinated care for patients. Appointments can be more efficiently scheduled, and relevant information can be shared between team members.
Northern Health posted on social media Thursday that the ultrasound clinic at the Fort Nelson Hospital has been cancelled due to a lack of available staff.
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