Media Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friends of the Annapolis Community Health Centre Monitor Implementation of Collaborative Emergency Centre
ANNAPOLIS ROYAL, Nova Scotia (March 01, 2012). - The Friends of the Annapolis Community Health Centre (FACHC) continue to monitor the progress of the implementation of a Collaborative Emergency Centre (CEC) for the Annapolis Community Health Centre (ACHC). The Department of Health and Wellness and Annapolis Valley Health have announced that the Emergency Centre of ACHC is to be reorganized as a CEC in the Spring of 2012. The actual start-up date will be announced later.

The change to the CEC is intended to make physicians more available during the daytime when more people need to see them. During the overnight shift, the CEC will be staffed by nurses and EHS personnel (paramedic), with a physician available on-line for consultation as required. Doctors associated with the ACHC will continue to be available and on site at the CEC during the peak periods. In this way emergency services will continue to be available 24/7.

"We are pleased that the Department of Health has provided recognition for the ACHC as a Collaborative Emergency Centre and that 24/7 emergency services will continue at the ACHC. As this is a period of change, the Friends will continue to monitor the progress of the implementation on behalf of the community," said Wayne Boucher, chair of the Friends.

The Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness has assured the Friends that they will be sending out an information document to each household in the Annapolis Community area giving full details of the change.

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