TATAMAGOUCHE – A Tatamagouche hospital is seeing “significant” improvements in health care thanks to collaborative emergency centres (CECs).
A recent provincial government news release indicated emergency rooms throughout the province are staying open more often because of the CECs, which help facilitate access to same-day or next-day medical appointments.
In the seven communities that have collaborative emergency centres, there has been a 92 per cent drop in the number of hours emergency departments were closed.
Peter MacKinnon, CEO of the Colchester East Hants Health Authority, told the Truro Daily News the update certainly pertains to the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital in Tatamagouche.
He said from July 2011 to 2012 there were 1,999 hours of ER closures. Once the CEC model began in July 2012, those closure hours were reduced during the next year to 123.
“We are really happy with it. We still have some challenges and have to reduce closures even more, but there has been significant, significant improvements,” said MacKinnon, adding up to 15 full-time equivalent health-care providers specifically participate in the Tatamagouche model on a regular basis.
CECs are also in Parrsboro, Springhill, Pugwash, Annapolis Royal, Musquodoboit Harbour and Musquodoboit Valley. Later this year, New Waterford and Lunenburg will open CECs. Since Nova Scotia introduced the concept, governments in Saskatchewan and Prince Edward Island have said they want to bring in the model.
The report can be found at http://novascotia.ca/DHW/