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Trail hospital finds extra cash for night-shift docs

Posted on 15. Feb, 2012 by in Health, Trail

Trail hospital finds extra cash for night-shift docs

Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital is using a boost in funding from the province to increase pay for doctors taking the unpopular night shift, reports Val Rossi for the Trail Daily Times.

New program to increase med students in the region

Posted on 03. Jan, 2012 by in Health

New program to increase med students in the region

The Southern Medical Program’s (SMP) inaugural class of 32 students has arrived at UBC’s Okanagan campus. As part of UBC Faculty of Medicine’s distributed MD (medical doctor) Undergraduate Program, SMP students spend the balance of the four-year MD program studying and training in communities throughout the BC Interior (having spent their first term in classes in Vancouver).

The Southern Medical Program’s (SMP) inaugural class of 32 students has arrived at UBC’s Okanagan campus. As part of UBC Faculty of Medicine’s distributed MD (medical doctor) Undergraduate Program, SMP students spend the balance of the four-year MD program studying and training in communities throughout the BC Interior (having spent their first term in classes in Vancouver).

Doc shortage at Kootenay regional hospital at odds with gov’ts claims

Posted on 23. Dec, 2011 by in Health, Trail

Doc shortage at Kootenay regional hospital at odds with gov’ts claims

The province’s health minister says there are 125 qualified anesthesiologists looking for work in B.C. but they’re not looking in Trail where a staffing shortage is burning out doctors, reports Kelly Sinoski for the Vancouver Sun.

It’s been six months that Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail has been short an anesthesiologist.

UPDATED: Kootenay health clinics closing down

Posted on 21. Dec, 2011 by in Health

UPDATED: Kootenay health clinics closing down

The Cranbrook Daily Townsman is reporting two Kootenay health clinics that specialize in sexually transmitted infections are closing down.

The report says clinics in Grand Forks Cranbrook are among the five Interior Health clinics that will be closed by the end of the month.

What’s the plan for hospitals in the West Kootenay?

Posted on 01. Nov, 2011 by in Health, West Kootenay

What’s the plan for hospitals in the West Kootenay?

Just where a new regional hospital for the West Kootenay will go isn’t going to be answered any time soon, reports Greg Nesteroff for the Nelson Star.

Marguerite Rotvold, chair of the West Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital District, had hoped Interior Health would announce the start of an extensive study into replacing the area’s regional hospital but news is the province is reviewing all hospitals in the province first.

Interior Health offers flu shots

Posted on 04. Oct, 2011 by in Health

Interior Health offers flu shots

With flu season approaching, public health nurses across Interior Health are gearing up for the launch of this year’s influenza (flu) vaccination campaign that will begin the week of October 11th. Last year, over 145,000 seasonal flu shots were provided free of charge to those at risk of complications from the flu.

CT scanner arrives in Nelson

Posted on 03. Oct, 2011 by in Health, Nelson

CT scanner arrives in Nelson

After several years of fundraising, the CT scanner, a $1.5 million item purchased by the community, arrived. Nelson Post editor Chris Shepherd was on hand to video the delivery of the equipment that will add a whole new level of diagnostic service to Nelson’s Kootenay Lake Hospital. The CT scanner is part of a massive [...]

Rossland draws in the docs

Posted on 26. Aug, 2011 by in Health, Rossland

Rossland draws in the docs

There’s something in the air in Rossland. Or maybe it’s the water. Or the hills. Whatever it is, they should try and bottle it because according to the Rossland News, they have a large population of doctors choosing to live in their mountain town.

Rossland home builder and chamber director Cezary Ksiazek did some research and thinks there are more doctors per capita in Rossland than any other city in Canada.

High teen pregnancy rate in Cranbrook

Posted on 28. Jul, 2011 by in Cranbrook, Health

High teen pregnancy rate in Cranbrook

Recent statistics show Cranbrook has one of the higher teen pregnancy rates in the province, reports Jordyn Mayer for the Cranbrook Townsman.

His story also highlights the lack of abortion services in the East Kootenays, noting woman who want an abortion have to travel to Trail, three hours away and over mountain passes.

East Kootenay helipads still closed

Posted on 11. May, 2011 by in East Kootenay, Health

East Kootenay helipads still closed

The helipad at Cranbrook’s East Kootenay Regional Hospital is open once more but similar facilities in several other East Kootenay communities are still closed, reports Sally MacDonald for the Cranbrook Townsman. The helipads were closed last summer as Transport Canada found Interior Health had not kept the helicopter landing pads at hospitals up to federal [...]