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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.)

 

 

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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!

Click here for further information.

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.

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!

The long awaited “Ross Report”, or at least an interim version, has been released. Dr. Ross has not yet completed his tour of the Province, but at least we now have something to chew on.

Check out the following:

Halifax Herald article “Doctor prescribes new ER strategies”

Halifax Herald article “Minister Welcomes Report, Opposition has Suspicions

Government website: Media Release & The Report

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.

I thought I was done Blogging for tonight, and then I stumbled on this press release from September:
Province announces New ER Advisor.

The release talks about such things as “reducing ER wait times”, “improving access to emergency care”, promises to keep ERs open, and commitments to open more beds… the Department of Health SURELY would not issue a release full of Falsehoods, and therefore  it would seem we can all rest assured that our ER will remain in its full 24 hour, 7 day/week capacity under the Dexter government! Right?

This is a unique opportunity to help improve emergency care throughout the province,” said Dr. Ross. “Nova Scotians want timely access to emergency care and my role is to bring forward recommendations to help ensure that.

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