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Respiratory Illness Outbreak in Biggar and District Health Centre Long Term Care Lifted Effective January 8, 2018

Update:

The respiratory illness outbreak in the Biggar and District Health Centre Long Term Care has been lifted effective January 8, 2018.

A respiratory illness outbreak has been declared in the Biggar and District Health Centre Long Term Care, effective December 30, 2017.  Currently Davidson and Biggar Health Centres have  outbreak precautions in place in Long Term Care.

Respiratory Outbreak Biggar LTC December 2017

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Unity

Respiratory Illness Outbreak Lifted in the Unity and District Health Centre Long Term Care Effective January 16, 2018

Update – January 16, 2018
The Respiratory Illness outbreak in Unity has been lifted. Visitor restrictions are no longer in place.
A respiratory illness outbreak has been declared in the Unity and District Health Centre Long Term Care, effective January 5, 2018. There is currently a lot of influenza activity around the province. Staff have been working diligently in applying optimal infection prevention and control precautions which include:

• Visitor restrictions are in place and visitor restriction notices have been posted at patient doorways.
• Patients or residents who are ill with respiratory symptoms have been placed on respiratory precautions and will be restricted to their rooms until free from symptoms.
• Appropriate medication treatment or prophylaxis has been initiated.
• Admissions, transfers and discharges are affected and will be triaged.

All staff and public need to remain vigilant in preventing infections in our facilities and communities, as well as the following:

  • If you are ill, stay at home, contact your doctor if symptoms are severe.
  • Cover your cough,
  • Wash your hands thoroughly, properly and frequently, particularly before and after patient/client care, washroom use, blowing your nose, and after touching surfaces.
  • It is not too late to get your flu shot.  Call your local public health office to schedule a time to get one.
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Davidson Health Centre

Respiratory Illness Outbreak Lifted in Davidson Health Centre Long Term Care Effective January 5, 2018

Update

The Respiratory Illness outbreak in Davidson Health Centre Long Term Care has been lifted effective January 5, 2018.

 

A respiratory illness outbreak has been declared in the Davidson Health Centre Centre Long Term Care, effective December 29, 2017. Currently the Davidson Health Centre Long Term Care is the only facility in the former Heartland Health Region with outbreak precautions and visitor restrictions in place.

Respiratory Outbreak Davidson LTC December 2017

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Outlook

Gastrointestinal Illness Outbreak Declared in the Outlook and District Health Centre Long Term Care

An outbreak of gastrointestinal illness has been declared by Dr. David Torr, Consulting Medical Health Officer,  in the Outlook and District Health Centre-Long Term Care effective January 3, 2018. Specimens have been sent to the lab to identify the cause.  We are requesting the cooperation of all staff and public in dealing with the outbreak. Currently the Outlook and District Health Centre-Long Term Care is the only facility with a Gastrointestinal Illness outbreak in place.  Respiratory Illness outbreaks remain in place in both Davidson Health Centre and Biggar and District Health Centre Long Term Care.  Staff in Outlook are working diligently to enhance infection prevention and control precautions.  The following precautions have been taken:

  • Visitor restrictions are in place and notice of visitor restrictions have been posted at facility entrances,
  • Residents who are ill with gastrointestinal symptoms have been placed on contact precautions and will be restricted to their rooms until free from symptoms for 48 hours,
  • Samples have been sent to the Provincial lab to help establish the cause of the illness,
  • Admissions, transfers and discharges will be postponed until outbreak status is lifted, with the exception of emergencies,
  • Activities and Day Care Services, along with Visiting Professionals will be cancelled until outbreak status is lifted.
  • All staff are observing optimal infection control procedures especially when attending to ill individuals.

Hand hygiene still remains a key practice in the prevention of illness and outbreaks. Wash your hands thoroughly, properly and frequently, particularly before and after patient/client care, washroom use, blowing your nose, and after touching surfaces. We need to remain vigilant in preventing infections in our facilities and communities, as well as following these easy steps:

  • Regular and frequent hand washing and
  • If you are ill, stay at home until symptom free for a 48 hour period.

 

 

 

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Eston Health Centre

Respiratory Illness Has Been Lifted in the Eston and District Health Centre Long Term Care

Respiratory Illness
Update
The Respiratory Illness Outbreak in the Eston and District Health Centre has been lifted effective December 28th, 2017.

A respiratory illness outbreak has been declared in the Eston and District Health Centre Long Term Care, effective December 21, 2017. Currently the Eston and District Health Centre Long Term Care is the only facility in the former Heartland Health Region with outbreak precautions and visitor restrictions in place.

Respiratory Outbreak Eston LTC December 2017

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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 http://hrha.sk.ca/programs-services/public-health-immunizations/

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 

To view a full listing of all the clinics in the region click on this link:

http://hrha.sk.ca/programs-services/public-health-immunizations/

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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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