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