A quick note to report that we now have video segments from the Community Meeting on November 18 available for your viewing pleasure. We were pleased to have a full house at King’s Theatre – a wonderful sign of the continued community support for a strong and vibrant Annapolis Community Health Centre!

There are several more segments, covering presentations by various related groups and by Dr. Barkwell and Dr. Buchholz. For those who couldn’t attend, or who wish to have a closer listen to the presentations, please visit www.saveachc.com. (A DVD will soon be available for those who prefer that method.)




A reminder about a Community Meeting regarding the future of the Annapolis Community Health Centre, Thursday, November 18 at 7pm in King’s Theatre, Annapolis Royal.

Hope to see you there – and please spread the word so we can fill the Theatre with a caring and involved community!

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The much-anticipated “Ross Report” was released October 26, 2010…

Download Here: The Patient Journey Through Emergency Care in Nova Scotia

You should take a few minutes to download and read the report to form your own opinions. Much of the report makes good sense, on the surface. But there is also great concern about what the potential impact would be on our Health Centre if & when the policymakers move forward on his recommendations.

There will be a Community Meeting to discuss the current ER situation at the Annapolis Community Health Centre, and to discuss the Ross Report and how it might affect us in the future.  The meeting will be held at King’s Theatre on Thursday, November 18, 7pm. Organizers are hoping to fill the Theatre – its a great chance to catch up on the latest information about our ER, to learn a bit more about the recommendations in the Ross Report, and to ask questions or give your opinion.

We’ve made some progress in our quest for a return to 24/7 ER service in Annapolis Royal. We’re up to 24/6… one more day to go! The success so far was made possible by A COMMUNITY THAT CARES! Because we stood together, as a community, and said we MUST have 24/7 and we DESERVE 24/7. So let’s continue to stand together and make sure that any future plans for the Annapolis Community Health Centre are made with our input, with our support, and will take care of our community’s needs for many years to come!

Be sure to attend the November 18 Community Meeting!

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This just in from the Steering Committee…

The team that represented the FACHC Steering Committee met Monday to review the findings and outcome of the meeting with Janet Knox, Karen Smith, and Wendy Walters of AVH this past Saturday at the Hillsdale House. The purpose of the Saturday meeting was to understand, discuss, question and challenge AVDHA’s refusal to permit the full-service 24-7 ER from reopening.

It was the unanimous consensus of the Steering Committee team, “That the AVDHA made no apparent movement to 24/7 ER, and that the status quo of 24/5 would remain in effect until after the release of the Ross Report”.

Therefore, a Thursday, September 23, 7 pm meeting of the FACHC Working Group at the Granville Ferry Hall has been scheduled to formulate the content, approach, and implementation of a Community Meeting at King’s Theatre on October 14. The purpose of which is to seek the advisement of our community (ACHC catchment area), and the support of the 24/7 resolution by the FAHC.

Hope to see you at the next Working Group meeting:

Thursday, September 23, 7 pm
Granville Ferry Hall

A reminder that Annapolis Valley Health is holding their Annual General Meeting September 21 at 7pm in Wolfville… and the public is welcome.

>> Get the Details Here.

Carpooling is encouraged. Please phone 532-2043 if you wish to carpool.

Yes, we the citizens are invited to Annapolis Valley Health’s upcoming Annual General Meeting… September 21 at 7pm in Wolfville.  At Acadia’s Festival Theatre, 386 Main Street. Guest speaker is Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health.

AND the program says that we can also expect a presentation entitled “Community Health Planning: A Collaborative Journey”.

Rumour has it that there are plans underway for carpooling for folks interesting in accepting the AVH invitation. We’ll post more information on that when we have it. Meanwhile, perhaps you all can think of a question or two you might ask AVH if there is an opportunity for queries during the AGM! I know I have a couple in mind!

An interesting read in the Halifax Herald Friday, as SouthWest Health CELEBRATES their ability to have no ER closures in September. Somehow, SouthWest Health sees this as a GOOD thing, a moment for celebration. And congratulations to them, because they have had issues with ER closures for quite some time.

And at the same time, we struggle locally to understand why OUR Annapolis Valley Health does not have the same goals, to have maximum possible ER accessibility for their constituents. Instead they seem more than content with having the Annapolis Royal ER closed two days a week for the foreseeable future unnecessarily. Why is that?

Herald Article: SouthWest Health buoyed by no ER closures

Once again, we have what seems like an outrageous decision at ACHC by the folks at Annapolis Valley Health. Get this – we are told by the Doctors and Nurses that as of Sept 21 we can RETURN TO 24/7 service – isn’t that great? BUT, and it’s a really big ‘but’… AVH has DENIED us that right! We have the staffing to resume 24/7 and they (AVH) have said “NO”. Our docs are NOT ALLOWED to provide us with emergency care, even though they are now able to do so!

You can read more by following this link…

Just a quick reminder about the Public meeting at Cornwallis Monday evening 6-8pm.


An agenda for the evening has been released – have a look!  Agenda ACHC

We hope it will be an open and  informative session.

See you there!

An interesting read from the Globe & Mail regarding a formula for funding hospitals that is actually based on their ability to provide good patient care – rewarding hospitals for doing a good job!

Have a read!


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