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New family medicine residents begin training

Nova Scotians will have access to more family doctors as new residents begin their training this month. The new North Nova Family Medicine Teaching Site in Truro is welcoming six residents. Two will work in Truro, two in New Glasgow and two in Amherst. “These new residency spaces are an important part of our plan...

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Group seeking mental health change

Residents across the province are calling for a fundamental change in the mental health system with the help of some MLAs and a petition. Locally, Robbie Weatherbee has been fighting for change for a couple of years after losing someone close to her to suicide. “Every time I say it it’s still shocking, I still...

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Aberdeen Hospital secures digital X-ray equipment

NEW GLASGOW – Aberdeen Hospital staff celebrated the official opening of an enlarged room to house new digital X-ray equipment for its Diagnostic Imaging department. The Aberdeen Hospital Foundation provided $540,000 to fund the work. “The new digital X-ray equipment will be a significant addition to our department,” said David Quann, diagnostic imaging for the...

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Leaving no stone unturned

With almost 150 vacancies for family physicians and specialists in the province, the senior director in charge at the Nova Scotia Health Authority is concerned. But Grayson Fulmer said recruitment efforts are coming together to try to fill those vacancies, and the health authority is working with other agencies, such as the Department of Health...

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New ortho surgeon to join Aberdeen Hospital

The announcement of a new orthopedic surgeon to join the staff at the Aberdeen Hospital will mean shorter wait times for those waiting for hip or knee replacements. The provincial government has just announced the hiring of fur new surgeons for hospitals across the province, including the local hospital who will begin in September. “Government...

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Immigration stream to help recruit doctors

Nova Scotia has created a new immigration stream to help attract more international doctors and specialists to the province. The stream has been approved by the federal government as part of the Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program. Nova Scotia is only the second province to offer a dedicated immigration stream for doctors – and it...

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NSHA reminds public to check website for storm updates

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) reminds the public to visit www.nshealth.ca/stormclosures for the most up-to-date information on facility, program and service closures resulting from this week’s winter storm. A major winter storm is expected to impact Nova Scotia today, Jan. 4. NSHA’s provincial storm closures page will have all the latest information you need to...

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Services being enhanced despite psychiatrist’s exit, Vienneau says

NEW GLASGOW — The remaining local psychiatrist says service is being strengthened despite the departure of the area’s other psychiatrist. Dr. Theresa Vienneau, who practises in New Glasgow but is also the Nova Scotia Health Authority’s department head of psychiatry for the Northern Zone that includes hospitals in New Glasgow, Truro and Amherst, acknowledged the...

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Health authority should be honest in self-assessment

To the Editor: We are privileged to live in a place with free healthcare provided by capable, dedicated professionals. But … and there is a but … our healthcare system — the system these professionals are forced to work within — is letting all of us down. Within Canada, Nova Scotia ranks poorly in terms...

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Faster access to urgent psychiatric care in Pictou County

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This comes from the Nova Scotia Health Authority 2016-17 Annual Report. Read more at http://www.nshealth.ca/AnnualReport2016-17/urgent-psychiatric.html?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=04_2016_FB) Patients needing urgent psychiatric care in Pictou County can now be seen by a psychiatrist within two business days, thanks to a new Urgent Psychiatric Care Clinic at Aberdeen Hospital. The new clinic, led by Psychiatry and supported...

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