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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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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

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.

http://www.avdha.nshealth.ca/

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!

Annapolis Valley Health has announced a Community Meeting for the area served by the Annapolis Community Health Centre.

April 26, 6-8pm at the Desmond Piers Theatre in Cornwallis

The format for this meeting will be as a panel discussion, and Dr. Ross will be in attendance.

For more information, visit Annapolis Valley Health.

So MARK THE DATE on your calendar and show your support for ACHC on April 26!

Several people from the community suggested that we provide some information about the “Friends of ACHC” group and how it relates to the various other organizations whose work supports the Health Centre. To that end, I have created a new page on this site that attempts to provide brief descriptions of the various players in local and provincial health care and how they interrelate…

Admittedly, it is a complex picture as there are many groups at various levels who have some role in the future of the ACHC. I’ve learned a lot assembling the information, and am truly hoping I haven’t missed anything, or mis-stated anything!

Check it out at Who’s Who.

We want to make it as painless and convenient as possible for everyone to “Make Some Noise”  and to demonstrate support for keeping our Annapolis Community Health Centre with all the services we currently enjoy.

To that end, we have a number of tools for you to voice your concerns:

Online Petition at www.saveachc.com – simply enter your name and community and “presto!”.

Letter templates for those who are happy with the wordings supplied – just print, sign and mail.

Addresses for your own letters to all the “powers that be” .

Letters from others to give you some ideas.

Printed Postcards are currently being distributed (as of today): stamp & mail. Too easy! Look for them at local store checkouts.

To share your ideas and comments with the public:

Join our Facebook group (now at 770 people and counting) and participate in the ongoing conversations. Once you’ve joined, be sure to invite all YOUR contacts to also join. The more the merrier!

Leave Comments on this Blog, especially on the Idea Exchange page, set up specifically for this. Once again, share this Blog address with your contacts.

Follow us on Twitter and retweet to all your friends.

There is now a website that has an online petition – you can sign up and an email will be sent on your behalf to Health Officials (the decision makers!). It only takes a minute and you can add your voice to the growing outcry!

Let’s Make Some Noise folks!

Fill out the online petition at www.saveachc.com

And please spread the good word. The more that participate, the more NOISE we make!

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