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Dr. Torr Flu shot

2017-2018 InFLUenza Season

Residents Encouraged to get Immunized Before the End of Public Drop-In Clinics

As the Influenza season continues, Heartland Health Region residents are being encouraged to make the most of the last few weeks of drop-in immunization clinics. The Heartland Health Region began its seasonal influenza immunization campaign on October 23 and it will run until December. Of the 56 public clinics offered, 20 remain throughout many communities in Heartland Health Region. After this time, Influenza vaccine will still be available until March 31, 2018 but appointments with Public Health will be required.

For more information about influenza, the ongoing influenza immunization program (including clinic dates, times and locations), visit

Influenza Message for Immunization Press Release Nov 15 2017

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Dr. Torr Flu shot

Protecting Yourself and Everyone Around You from Influenza

Immunizations are the best way to protect yourself, your family, and those around you from influenza. The Heartland Health Region began its seasonal influenza immunization campaign with the first clinics of the season starting on October 23rd.  Vaccine is once again available to all Saskatchewan residents at no cost. This year, the public influenza vaccination program will be providing only the injectable vaccine. There will be no free nasal mist. Recommendations from both the Canadian and American immunization advisory committees, based on recent studies, are that the injectable vaccine is more effective. The injectable vaccine available this year has four strains in it, two against the A strain influenzas and two against the B strain influenzas.

Influenza immunization 

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Heartland Health Region Receives Accreditation Canada Survey Results

Heartland Health Region has just received the results of their Accreditation Canada survey and has met the requirements of the QMentum accreditation program. Every four years, Accreditation Canada surveyors visit the organization and conduct an on-site survey. After the survey, an accreditation decision is issued and the on-going cycle of assessment and improvement continues. The region will be accredited until June 2021 provided program requirements continue to be met. Accreditation is an ongoing process of evaluating and recognizing a program or service as meeting established standards. It is a powerful tool for Quality Improvement (QI) and Heartland Health Region has shown a commitment to QI over the past number of years.

Accreditation Results Press Release August 2017

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Blue-Green Alage -2 (1)

The Water Security Agency and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health Issue Blue-Green Algae Bloom Advisory

The recent warm temperatures in the province may result in the quick formation of algae blooms.

The Water Security Agency and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health are advising the public to avoid direct contact and any consumption of any surface water where blue-green algae blooms are occurring. Blue-green algae blooms can be harmful for household pets and livestock. Residents and producers are advised to keep their animals away from these areas.

Algae blooms are heavy concentrations of blue-green algae, which often give the water a shimmering, foamy and often pea soup appearance. The blooms may be blue-green, bright blue, grey or tan in colour.

Algae blooms commonly occur during calm, hot weather in areas of lakes and reservoirs with shallow, slow moving or still water that has sufficient nutrients. The blooms can last up to three weeks and can be pushed around the lake or reservoir by the wind.

Direct contact or consumption of algae-contaminated water can cause red skin, sore throat, cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. In addition, caution should be taken when considering the consumption of fish or shellfish caught in areas of a water body where a bloom exists; the internal organs of the fish should not be eaten.

If you have health symptoms, call Healthline 811 or contact your health care provider.

For further information, visit

Blue-Green Algae Cyanobacteria accessed 2017 07 18

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Contact Us by Phone

“Update – All phone systems are now working in Heartland Health Region effective July 19, 2017″ Incoming Call Phone Systems Down at Rosetown Corporate Office, Davidson Primary Care Clinic, Concerns Line and the Mental Health & Addictions Intake Line

Over the weekend (July 15-17) the phones in the Rosetown and District Health Centre, the Rosetown Corporate Office and the Davidson Primary Care Clinic went down.  Since that time a temporary fix has been put in place for the Rosetown and District Health Centre so they are now able to receive incoming calls.  This fix was not able to be put in place for the Rosetown Corporate Office or the Davidson Primary Health Care Clinic.  Late Monday we were made aware that the Toll Free Mental Health and Addictions Intake Line and the Concerns Line were also not working and were ringing busy.  A part for the phone system that houses all these lines has been ordered and is expected to arrive later this week.

In the meantime:

  • If you need to call the Rosetown Corporate Office 306-882-4111, you will need to call the Health Centre at 306-882-2672 ext 0 and asked to be transferred to the Corporate Office.
  • If you need to book a mental health or addictions appointment you need to call the Health Centre at 306-882-2672 ext 0 and asked to be transferred to the Mental Health and Addictions Intake Line.
  • If you need to book an appointment at the Davidson Primary Health Clinic please call the Davidson Health Centre 1-306-567-2801 and they will redirect your call to the clinic.
  • If you need to talk to someone about a concern, call the Health Centre at 306-882-2672 ext 0 and asked to be transferred to the Corporate Office.

Thanks in advance for your understanding and patience during this time.  It is expected things will be back to normal by the end of the week.

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Gastrointestinal Illness in Wilkie and District Health Centre has been lifted effective July 19, 2017

The Gastrointestinal Illness outbreak has been lifted effective July 19, 2017.  Visitor restrictions are no longer in place.

Dr. David Torr, Consulting Medical Health Officer for the Heartland Health Region has declared an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness in the Wilkie and District Health Centre – Long Term Care effective July 17, 2017. Specimens have been sent to the lab to identify the cause.

Gastrointestinal Illness Wilkie LTC July 17, 2017

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sippa docs for Kindersley


Residents across Saskatchewan continue to benefit from better access to physician care. New family doctors are now practising in Biggar and Kindersley, thanks to the most recent results of the Saskatchewan International Physician Practice Assessment (SIPPA) program.

Dr. John Khella (Biggar), Dr. Sudarshan Das, Dr. Samir Dawood, and Dr. Surekha Pandipati (Kindersley) are among 14 International Medical Graduates (IMGs) who have completed the most recent assessment and are starting practice in communities around the province. SIPPA is a unique made-in-Saskatchewan program that assesses IMGs on their education and clinical ability before allowing them to practise medicine in the province. Since the program began in 2011, 210 new family physicians have completed the assessment and are currently practising in the province.

“Internationally trained physicians play an important role in our health care system, and we welcome them to Saskatchewan,” Health Minister Jim Reiter said. “Thanks to the SIPPA program, along with our other recruitment initiatives, we have over 750 more doctors practising today than we did 10 years ago.”

In addition to those physicians who just completed their assessment, a further 14 IMGs are doing their field assessments. If successful, these family physicians will begin practising across the province this fall.

“SIPPA is very pleased to support Saskatchewan’s need for physicians in communities across the province,” Medical Director of SIPPA for the College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan Dr. Jon Witt said. “We are helping to create a sustainable physician workforce for Saskatchewan, while offering rural, regional/urban and emergency room experience to all candidates to support them in their future practice environment.”

“Heartland Health Region is very pleased to have four new physicians from the SIPPA program joining us in June,” Heartland Health Region’s Interim CEO Gayle Riendeau said. “These additional physicians will assist us in our goal of ensuring sustainable primary health care services are available for the communities of Kindersley and Biggar and their surrounding areas. I am sure they will receive a warm Heartland welcome!”

“Saskdocs is once again pleased to hear about all of the international medical graduates becoming part of the province’s health care workforce,” Saskdocs’ CEO Erin Brady said. “These IMGs play an important role, as do their professional colleagues who all help to deliver high-quality, team-based care to the people of Saskatchewan, especially those living in rural and remote communities.”

In addition to attracting IMGs, Saskatchewan is making progress in keeping more locally-trained family medicine graduates in the province. The retention rate of family medicine graduates trained at the University of Saskatchewan has jumped over the past four years from 58 per cent to 93 per cent.

Physicians interested in working in Saskatchewan are encouraged to contact saskdocs directly at or call toll-free (in North America) 1-888-415-3627 or 306-933-5000.

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For more information, contact:

James Winkel
Phone: 306-933-5094

Shirley Xie
Communications Branch
Saskatchewan Health
Phone: (306) 787-4083

Jennifer Thoma
University of Saskatchewan
Phone: 306-966-1851

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Protecting the privacy of your personal health information is important to the Cypress Health Region (the “Region”).


The Region will only collect, use and disclose your personal health information:

1. When:

2. As required or authorized by law.

The Region will not otherwise collect, use or disclose your personal health information unless we have your consent.


The Region strives to keep its’ employees, physicians and affiliates aware of your privacy rights by offering education and having in place policies and procedures designed to protect the integrity, security and confidentiality of your personal health information. This includes a policy restricting access to your personal health information by only those who have a need to know for an authorized purpose.


If you wish to obtain further information about the Region’s privacy policies and your privacy rights, we encourage you to visit our privacy page or contact our Privacy Officer at (306) 778-5169 or 1-888-461-7443.  You may also wish to contact the provincial Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner at 1-877-748-2298 or visit them at their website.


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Links to the websites below are provided for the information and convenience of visitors to this site.

The Cypress Health Region does not assume responsibility for the accuracy of content of other sites, which are linked here. We strongly suggest that the best source of medical information is your personal or family physician.

3S Health

Accreditation Canada

Asbestos Registry

The Arthritis Society

Canadian Cancer Society

Canadian Diabetes Association

Canadian Institute for Health Information

Choose Wisely Canada

Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation Inc.

Health Canada

Health Canada Kids

Health Card Application

Health Quality Council (HQC)

Heart and Stroke Foundation


Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Saskatchewan

Parent Mentoring Program of Saskatchewan

Patient Safety Institute

Resources for Nurses

Saskatchewan Health

Society for Progressive Supranuclear Paisy

Saskatchewan Surigcal Care Network

Sites of Professional Associations:

Physician Recruitment Agency of Saskatchewan

Canadian Dietetic Association

Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Service

Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses

Saskatchewan Association of Medical Radiation Technologists

Saskatchewan Association of Speech/Language Pathologists and Audiologists

Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers

Saskatchewan College of Physical Therapy

Saskatchewan Dental Therapists Association

Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association

Saskatchewan Society of Occupational Therapists

Swift Current Newcomer Welcome Centre

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