Clinic to re­sume with limited hours

The News (New Glasgow) - - OPINION | LETTERS -

To the peo­ple of Pic­tou County, We would like to thank the peo­ple of Pic­tou County in­clud­ing those who at­tended the rally on Aug. 6, me­dia, col­leagues, lo­cal MLAs, the staff and physi­cians of the walk-in clinic, and those in­di­vid­u­als who called or stopped us to in­quire and express their con­cerns over the re­cent clo­sure of the Aberdeen Walk-In Clinic. The sup­port and con­cern you share with us of over the clo­sure and de­crease in ac­cess to pri­mary care ser­vices for the ci­ti­zens of Pic­tou County is truly ap­pre­ci­ated by both of us.

Dur­ing the clo­sure we have met with the Nova Sco­tia Min­is­ter of Health, Mr. Randy Delorey, staff from the Nova Sco­tia De­part­ment of Health and Well­ness and the Nova Sco­tia Health Au­thor­ity, Doc­torsNS, the leader of the Nova Sco­tia New Demo­cratic Party, and all of our lo­cal MLAs. Un­for­tu­nately, to date, we have not come to a res­o­lu­tion with re­gards to the con­cerns we shared with you in our let­ter of July 17, 2018, in­clud­ing the re­cruit­ment of an ad­di­tional physi­cian. We are, of course, dis­ap­pointed, with this out­come to date and will con­tinue to ad­vo­cate to govern­ment and other stake­hold­ers for fair and eq­ui­table com­pen­sa­tion.

How­ever, while we con­tinue to work to­ward a sus­tain­able out­come, we have de­cided to not fur­ther jeop­ar­dize the ac­cess to pri­mary care for those res­i­dents of Pic­tou County with­out a provider. This has been our main source of con­cern dur­ing the last num­ber of weeks. We have de­cided that we will re­open the Aberdeen Walk-In Clinic with de­creased hours be­gin­ning Mon­day, Sept. 17, 2018. Un­til fur­ther no­tice, the hours of oper­a­tion will be Mon­day, Wed­nes­day and Fri­day evenings with reg­is­tra­tion for pa­tients start­ing at 4:30 p.m. and run­ning to 8:30 p.m. Reg­is­tra­tion may end early de­pend­ing on the num­ber of pa­tients wait­ing to be seen.

Again, thank you for your pa­tience and un­der­stand­ing dur­ing this clo­sure. We ap­pre­ci­ate your con­tin­ued sup­port and look for­ward to as­sist­ing the res­i­dents of Pic­tou County at­tain nec­es­sary pri­mary care ser­vices. Re­spect­fully,

Drs. Chris El­liott and Tom Park

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