Lyme group feels let down after Somers’ presentation

PICTOU — Members of a Lyme disease support group say they are not happy with a recent presentation by a medical health officer. Dr. Ryan Sommers, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s medical health officer for Northern Nova Scotia, addressed Pictou County Municipal Council’s recent finance committee meeting. But Lyme advocate Amy Hayne said she questions some...

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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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Accolades for Dr. Gordon Young

The Young family of Pictou has served the Sutherland-Harris Memorial Hospital, Pictou and the greater community for more than 100 years. On Friday, Dr. Gordon V. Young was the latest family member to be honoured by the Sutherland-Harris Memorial Hospital Foundation for his many years of dedicated service to the hospital and the community, with...

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Dozens rally in support of walk-in clinic

By Brian Cameron Dozens of concerned residents stood in the searing heat on Monday afternoon to show their support for the Aberdeen Walk-in Clinic. The clinic has suspended operations between August 5 and September 17 while the doctors who operate the clinic contemplate its future. Dr. Chris Elliot and Dr. Thomas Park see approximately 10,000...

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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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CIBC Run for the Cure surpasses last year’s total

TRENTON – A sea of pink flooded Trenton Park on Sunday for the fourth annual Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure in Pictou County. The event surpassed last year’s total of funds raised by more than $2,000 with a total of $37,029.91 raised by the 285 participants, which were also up from...

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Mental health crisis like life and death for sufferer

Imagine falling into a deep, dark hole you cannot climb out of; every breath draws you in deeper, every attempt at climbing out brings you further down. Feeling the weight of the dirt bringing you down as you try to just survive. This is what mental illness can feel like. Growing up with her parents...

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Hundreds express concerns over state of healthcare in Pictou County

Many questions and concerns were raised on the state of healthcare in Pictou County on Sunday but few answers were found. This was the sentiment expressed by District 12 Councillor Chester Dewar at a public meeting on the issue held at Summer Street Industries. Several hundred people were in attendance. Although a non-political event, Dewar...

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MLAs push for solution to health record costs

PICTOU – The dire need for family physicians in Pictou County is no secret. It has been an ongoing issue which was compounded in December with the sudden death of a family physician in the New Glasgow area who was caring for Pictou West patients. “The problem we have is a shortage of doctors,” explains...

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Dr. Farrell honoray chair of river race

Dr. Gerry Farrell has been named honorary chair of the 15th annual  Race on the River Dragon Boat Festival. Recently retired as the medical director of the Palliative Care Unit at the Aberdeen Hospital, Farrell’s model for community palliative care formed Pictou County’s first palliative care program.  In 2000, the first integrated palliative care team...

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