Pri­mary health care de­vel­op­ments in Bonavista

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Front page - BY PAUL HERRIDGE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

The for­ma­tion of the well­ness cen­tre in Bonavista builds on the suc­cesses al­ready hap­pen­ing through the work of the lo­cal pri­mary health care team, ac­cord­ing to the press re­lease is­sued Fri­day from the province’s health depart­ment.

The pri­mary health care team in­cludes: doc­tors, nurses, nurse prac­ti­tion­ers, a di­a­betes ed­u­ca­tor, di­eti­tian, a phar­ma­cist, a phys­io­ther­a­pist, an oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist, a so­cial worker, and pub­lic health nurses.

The team is re­spon­si­ble for the cre­ation of a di­a­betes col­lab­o­ra­tive and a chronic ob­struc­tive pul­monary dis­ease col­lab­o­ra­tive.

Peo­ple in the area can ac­cess daily walk-in clin­ics with a nurse prac­ti­tioner as well as men­tal health and ad­dic­tions ser­vices through the “Door­ways” ser­vice.

Bonavista is also first re­gion in the province where an elec­tronic med­i­cal record (EMR) is be­ing used by both re­gional health au­thor­ity staff and other com­mu­nity-based providers, such as fee-forser­vice doc­tors.

“The im­ple­men­ta­tion of eHealth tech­nol­ogy such as the Elec­tronic Med­i­cal Record in Bonavista has pro­vided a ‘home’ for per­sonal health in­for­ma­tion that is safe, se­cure and ac­ces­si­ble to all mem­bers of a per­son’s pri­mary health care team, when and where it is needed,” said Dena Trask, nurse co­or­di­na­tor with East­ern Health’s pri­mary health care and chronic dis­ease pre­ven­tion and man­age­ment pro­gram.

Dr. Brenda Pen­ney, Chief of Staff, Fam­ily Prac­tice, Bonavista Penin­sula Health Cen­tre, said the new ap­proach to pri­mary care has been very ben­e­fi­cial to peo­ple in the re­gion.

Ac­cord­ing to Dr. Pen­ney this ap­proach “has re­sulted in shorter wait times and bet­ter man­age­ment of chronic dis­eases.”

“Pri­mary health care has moved for­ward in leaps and bounds in the Bonavista area, by pro­vid­ing ac­cess to the right care, at the right time and in the right place. If we don’t have good ac­cess to pri­mary health care and health-care pro­fes­sion­als, then pop­u­la­tion health suf­fers,” Pen­ney is quoted in the gov­ern­ment press re­lease.

STEPHEN TREMBLETT PHOTO

Bonavista MHA Neil King and Min­is­ter of Health and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices John Hag­gie joined mem­bers of Tip-A-Vista Well­ness Foun­da­tion for a photo.

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