Sask. Government Funding Primary Care Site in Lloydminster
The Government of Saskatchewan is investing more than $3 million for eight new primary care learning sites across the province, with one slated for Lloydminster. "Our government is committed to the transformation of primary health care to better meet the needs of the patients, communities and health care providers," says Health Minister Don McMorris. "Our aim is a primary health care system that is sustainable, offers a superior patient experience and ensures better access to services as the foundation of our health system."
In Lloydminster, Praire North Health Region will play a big role in the site. “Our intent is to improve access, to better utilize resources using a team approach and ensuring that we’re using all our health care professionals to their full scope,” says vice president of Primary Care Glennys Uzelman. Uzelman says PNHR was very happy to hear about the funding.
These sites will provide people access to many different health care workers who all work together to treat patients. According to Uzelman, physicians are not involved when they don't need to be. A team of health care workers such as nurse practitioners, dieticians and physiotherapists will be available to see patients when appropriate. “You as an individual or your family will access the service you need. It isn’t always that you need to go directly to the physician,” she says.
Meadow Lake is already running under a similar model, which Uzelman says has been successful and has received very positive feedback from patients. The Border City is one of just eight cities receiving funding. Yorkton, Meadow Lake, Leader, Moose Jaw, Fort Qu’Appelle, Whitecap, Dakota First Nation and Regina will also receive funding for learning sites.
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