A variety of health services are available through the Sun Country Health Region.
Ambulance Service is provided in the following centres: Coronach Bengough, Pangman, Radville, Weyburn, Estevan, Lampman, Oxbow, Carnduff, Redvers, Carlyle, Maryfield, Wawota, Kipling, Stoughton and Fillmore.
The service is available on a 24-hour basis, across Sun Country Health Region and includes:
Primary Care paramedics, Intermediate Care Paramedics, and Advanced Care Paramedics
Home stations in Estevan, Carnduff, Stoughton, Oxbow, Weyburn, Pangman, Bengough, Coronach
Doctors can request this Provincial service to transport critically ill patients to a larger center.
Public Health Inspection
The Public Health Inspectors department is committed to promoting good health. The team of health professionals provides programs to protect the public, which include these following areas.
Drinking Water Quality
PHI’s inspect and sample all Rural Municipal wells and drinking water supplies at public facilities that are not connected to municipal distribution systems. Although Saskatchewan Environment and Resource Management (SERM) has jurisdiction over municipal distribution systems, the District monitors the laboratory results from these systems. If a serious potential threat to public health is detected in any type of public water system the Medical Health Officer may issue a Boil Water Order to the municipality. Public Health Inspectors also provide advice to private water supply owners on water disinfection and the interpretation of water analyses.
Food Safety Classes
Provincial regulations require that all licensed restaurants must have at least one staff member per shift who has taken a food handler course. PHI’s conduct numerous one-day courses throughout the year and in various locations in the service area. Between 200 and 300 people receive the course each year.
Food Premises Inspections
The District licenses Public Eating Establishments and food processing facilities such as bakeries and slaughterhouses. Public Health Inspectors inspect these facilities as well as other food-related facilities that are not licensed, such as butcher shops and grocery stores.
Indoor Air Quality
Public Health Inspectors are primarily concerned with air quality in public facilities. Indoor ice arenas are inspected and carbon monoxide tests are conducted. Public Health Inspectors work with the Air Quality branch of Occupational Health when dealing with air quality issues in schools and work places. PHI’s also provide advice and educational material to homeowners on topics such as mould growth.
Provincial regulations require that plumbing permits be obtained for every new plumbing installation or where plumbing systems are substantially changed. PHI’s conduct inspections of these installations throughout the service area.
Private Sewage Disposal Systems
Plumbing regulations require that private sewage disposal systems be approved by Public Health Inspectors to ensure that water supplies are protected and health hazards are not created.
Safe Housing and Accommodation
Under the Public Health Act for Public Health Inspectors to placard dwellings that are not fit for human occupation. The Public Accommodation regulations apply to hotels, motels, campgrounds and bed and breakfast facilities, which are licensed by the District. The regulations also address the health requirements for public accommodations such as apartment blocks and rental homes.
Swimming Pool Safety
The District licenses all public swimming pools on an annual basis. PHI’s conduct regular inspections where water quality is tested and samples are submitted. PHI’s also conduct swimming pool operator courses every year so that every pool can have a trained operator as required by provincial regulation.
Estevan Public Health
Tel: (306) 637-3626
Weyburn Public Health
Tel: (306) 842-8618
Sun Country HEALTH REGION Counselling Services
Therapeutic services re available for individuals, couples and families experiencing problems such as depression, thoughts of suicide, anxiety, or any emotional problem which interferes with one’s ability to function in a mentally healthy manner. Services are also offered to survivors or victims of abuse, individuals who are violent and sex offenders. Services are available upon request, or through referral by your family doctor, public health nurse, or a community agency.
For new referrals within the health region, please contact the intake office at (306) 842-8665 or toll free (800) 216-7689. Services are confidential.
The death of a loved one is one of the most difficult things to accept. There are programs that provide support in preparing for a death or coping with grief after the death of a loved one. Some funeral homes also offer bereavement support.
Tel: (306) 637-3636
Tel: (306) 842-8444
Fax: (306) 634-7824
Fax: (306) 842-1919
Physical Therapy is concerned with identifying and maximizing movement potential. Physical therapists are highly trained professionals who treat people of all ages who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit there ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. Physical therapists will assist in techniques that promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function and prevent disability.
The major areas assisted by physical therapy are listed below:
Neurological/Neurosurgical: people with functional problems because of damage to the brain and spinal cord or nerves. Examples are those with stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, acute and chronic pain.
Musculoskeletal: people with injury of bones and other tissues, such as muscles, tendons or ligaments. Examples are those who have joint replacement, arthritis, burns and incontinence.
Cardiorespiratory: people who have problems with respiratory or circulatory system disease. Examples are those with chronic pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, acute pneumonia, diabetes, and cardiac disease.
For more information, contact Therapy Services:
Arcola: (306) 455-2628
Estevan: (306) 637-2410
Fillmore/Stoughton: (306) 722-3249
Kipling: (306) 736-2845
Redvers: (306) 452-6377
Weyburn: (306) 842-8443
What can cause foot problems?
- Poorly fitting shoes, slippers or boots
- Shoes with high narrow heels, slippery soles, “sticky” soles, or poor support
- Some conditions, such as diabetes and poor circulation, can cause loss of feeling in your feet
- Poor posture
- Untreated foot problems like calluses, bunions, corns, untrimmed toenails, or ingrown toenails
- Swollen feet
What you can do:
- Wear proper fitting supportive shoes with low broad heels.
- Make sure your footwear is in good repair.
- Talk with a foot specialist about calluses, bunions, corns, or ingrown toenails. Corn plasters are not recommended for people with diabetes, heart or blood vessel disease.
- If your shoes are loose and you can’t afford a new pair, buy insoles or wear extra socks.
- Do NOT wear socks on linoleum or tiled flooring.
- Buy slippers that fit properly and are enclosed around the heels.
- Wear loose socks or stockings. Knee highs can cut off your circulation in your legs and numb your feet.
- If your feet are swollen, put them up when sitting or lying down.
See a professional foot-care specialist every 4-5 weeks for toenail cutting if you can’t do it yourself.
Public Health Nursing
The goal of public health nursing is to promote and preserve the health and well being of populations, which encompasses communities, groups, families and individuals. Services provided are broadly diverse, ranging from education to consultation to primary care provision to advocacy. Provision of Public Health Nursing services includes the following activities:
- Identification, assessment and response to the health needs of each age group or community;
- Provision of supportive services to the target population, including linkages to available external resources, service providers and community organizations;
- Referral to appropriate professionals and service agencies;
- Completion of the necessary recording, evaluation and follow-up of the service provided;
- Addressing health issues throughout an individual’s lifespan, public health nursing services can be roughly grouped into the following categories: Prenatal, Postnatal, Child Health Clinic (CHC), School, Child/Adolescent, Adult and CD/Immunization.
Prenatal Health Services: Public Health Nurses promote a healthy pregnancy in a variety of settings, which may include the client’s home, the public health office, the telephone, and the hospital, and facilitating group classes in the community. Prenatal care may include:
Physical and psychosocial assessment followed by appropriate health education, referral and follow-up;
Evidence-based education and support;
Assisting the family to cope with the social, physical and emotional needs and changes brought on by pregnancy and childbirth.
Postnatal Health Services: Public Health Nurses promote healthy child and family development by providing supportive services and primary health care to the postnatal family. These services are provided in a variety of settings including the hospital, the family’s home, the public health office, by telephone, and through group meetings in the community.
Child Health Clinic (CHC) Services: The CHC provides Public Health Nurses with an opportunity to provide both preventative and interventionist health services. Public Health Nurses use these clinics to both vaccinate children against various communicable diseases (e.g., diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, Haemophilius influenza type b meningitis, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, etc.) and to perform a series of screenings and assessments. The screenings and assessments not only provide a thorough assessment of the child’s growth and development, but also provide a basis for any required health education, anticipatory guidance or referral.
School Health Services: School health services provide Public Health Nurses with an opportunity to provide both preventative and interventionist health strategies. School health services may include:
- Communicable disease prevention, surveillance and follow-up
- Vision screening at 6 and 9 years, and if necessary, 5 years
- Liaison and resource regarding school personnel, students and families
- Health education and counseling to individuals as requested
- Support program for pregnant adolescents
- Hearing screening
- Group health education
- Health consultation with teachers
Child/Adolescent Health Services: Services are directed to individuals 30 days to 18 years of age and may involve the individual directly or indirectly through consultation with a parent, guardian or primary caregiver. Child/Adolescent health services may include the following:
- Nutrition and feeding practices
- Parenting and discipline issues
- Child growth and development
- Puberty and sexuality issues
- Physical health concerns and maintenance
- Mental health concerns and maintenance, safety and injury prevention
- Adult Health Services: services are directed to those individuals aged 19 and older. Adult health services may include:
- Physical health concerns and maintenance
- Mental health concerns and maintenance
- Healthy eating and/or activity levels
- Family planning
- Grief and/or loss support
- Family and/or relationship issues
- Breastfeeding support (after 30 days postpartum)
- General health and/or disease information
- Information regarding community resources and supports
CD/Immunization: Services are directed to individuals throughout the lifespan. Communicable disease follow-up and teaching to:
- Prevent and/or decrease the incidence of communicable diseases
- Provide appropriate client follow-up and contact tracing
- Provide counseling and education regarding immunization and prophylaxis that is provided at times other than during immunization
Weyburn Public Health: (306) 842-8618
Carlyle Community Health: (306) 453-2366
Coronach Health Center: (306) 276-5705
Redvers Health Center: (306) 452-3464
Galloway Health Center: (306) 842-2313
Kipling Community Health: (306) 736-2112
St. Joseph’s Hospital: (306) 637-8629
Regional Health Authorities provide home care services in Saskatchewan. Services are provided on the basis of assessed need and are intended to help people who need acute, long term, palliative and supportive care to remain independent at home.
Home Care is not intended to take over those things clients are able to do for themselves or to replace existing support.
Purposes and Goals of Home Care Services
Purpose: “To help people who need assistance due to health problems and/or disabilities remain at home.”
- To teach self care and strengthen abilities
- To delay/prevent loss of abilities
- To assist families and other supporters
- To provide referral service to other agencies
Services: Based on assessed need, the Sun Country Regional Health Authority offers the following Home Care Services by qualified Home Health Aides and Registered Nurses as appropriate:
Homemaking: Assistance with meal preparation, laundry, house cleaning, and other needs as required. Seasonal cleaning is not offered through Home Care. Information regarding private service providers is available.
Personal Care: Assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming, exercise, foot and hair care and other activities of daily living is provided.
Respite Care: Temporary relief from caregiver duties for family supporters to enable them to get out for short periods of time. Some evening service and occasional overnight stays can be provided for short periods of time.
Meals on Wheels/Wheels to Meals: Nutritionally balanced meals delivered to the client’s home, or the client is delivered to a location where the meal is served. Meals on Wheels is available in the following communities: Weyburn, Coronach, Bengough, Pangman, Radville, Yellow Grass, Ogema, Gainsborough, Carievale, Carnduff, Oxbow, Alameda, Estevan, Lampman, Midale, Osage, Windthorst, Kipling, Wawota, Arcola, Carlyle, Manor, Redvers, Maryfield, Stoughton, Fillmore, Creelman. Please call the local Home Care Program for more information.
Nursing: Teaching self care activities and monitoring procedures (general condition, blood pressure, blood sugar, pain management, bowel care, etc.) wound management and dressing changes, medication supervision, specimen collection, special foot care (foot care clinics in Estevan), home intravenous programs and other procedures as requested by a physician. These services are provided by a registered nurse and/or trained staff under the supervision of a registered nurse.
Volunteers: Volunteer services are available in some centers. Volunteers provide preparation, meal delivery, phone calls, errands and transportation, and friendly visiting.
Palliative Care: If a terminally ill client wishes to remain at home, Palliative Care will be provided in the home, as long as it is feasible and desired by the client. This care is provided by a team of professionals including Home Health Aides and Home Care Nurses. Palliative care is offered on a 24 hour basis if needed during the end stage of life.
Equipment: The Sun Country Regional Health Authority will rent some special needs equipment for short periods of time while clients wait for their own to arrive.
Home Care Fees: Home Care service charges are based on fees established by the Government of Saskatchewan. Services are government subsidized and do not reflect the true cost of providing the service. Further subsidy is available to clients based on their income. Clients will be required to provide further information. Clients not wishing to provide this information will be asked to pay the standard rate. Home care nursing services are free of charge to the client.
Who can receive Home Care Services?
Any citizen of Saskatchewan can receive home care services. Out of province visitors have access through special arrangements. Home care can help seniors and people with disabilities who need some support to remain in their homes. It can also help people return home more quickly from the hospital after surgery. As well, it can provide support to those with terminal illnesses who choose to stay at home. Home care can be arranged for any time of the day or night. It will be based on an assessment process.
Who can request service? How do I request service?
Anyone can request home care services, including the client, doctor, family member or a friend. Certain nursing services require doctor’s request. A person can request home care services by contact the appropriate agency listed below:
Volunteers provide services that include visiting, transportation (including Meals on Wheels delivery), assistance with shopping, phone calls and other needs.
Definition of a Volunteer: A volunteer is a person who by choice, and without financial compensation, contributes time and service to assist in fulfilling the mission of an organization.
Volunteer Driver – A client is eligible for transportation by a volunteer when it has been determined that a supporter of the client is unable to provide transportation. The client/supporter will provide the necessary resources required (ie, payment of any incurred expenses such as meals, parking fees, gas, mileage, etc.).
Errands – Clients receive assistance with every day living tasks (shopping, paying bills, etc.)
Dial a Friend – A telephone link is established between client and volunteer when the client has limited social contact. The volunteer provides a degree of security and social contact.
Friendly Visitor – Social visits to clients are important when there are limited family and friends to provide this.
Meals On Wheels – Nutritionally balanced midday meals may be delivered regularly to client’s home by volunteers. Meals are supplied by local institutions, restaurants or private individuals.
Palliative Care Volunteers – This service provides relief for caregivers and comfort for clients.
Supportive Visits – People responsible for elderly or disabled relatives or friends require time to do shopping, bill paying, and attend appointments or meetings. Volunteers may provide relief for caregivers by staying with the client while the caregivers take a break.
Birthday Club Volunteer – Volunteers make social contact with clients to acknowledge their birthdays.
Wellness, Flu and Child Health Clinic Volunteers – These volunteers book appointments for the clinics, greet clients, put up posters and act as a community resource.
Fluoride Mouth Rinse Volunteer – The volunteer is responsible for mixing the fluoride solution and assists the other volunteers in distributing the solution to the students.
Adult Coordinator for Youth Volunteers – This volunteer coordinates youth volunteers in a Health Center.
Youth Volunteer – Volunteering introduces the youth in our communities to the volunteer experience. They are under the supervision of an Adult Coordinator for Youth Volunteers, the Volunteer Coordinator or designated Sun Country Regional Health Authority employee. The possible duties are numerous and the results are rewarding.
There are many other ways in which a volunteer’s talents can be shared. Please call to inquire how you can become part of our Volunteer Team.
Benefits of Volunteering:
- Acquiring new skills
- Career exploration
- Skills are useful when applying for employment
- Feeling of self worth
- Enhancing the lives of those in need
Primary Health Care
Sun Country Health Region is strengthening our commitment to primary health. We want to make it easier for you to obtain services and manage your well-being. Primary Health Care is about:
- Staying healthy; preventing illness and injury;
- Managing chronic conditions;
- Treating acute medical illness;
- Promoting healthier living, and
- Accessing the best health care provider for the job.
We would like to hear from you. If you would like to know more about Primary Health Care, or would like to provide us with comments, please contact Gale Pryznyk, Regional Director of Primary Health & Rehab at (306) 637-2460 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also take a look at primary health on the national site at http://www.primaryhealthcare.ca/ Gain quick and easy access to health information at your fingertips by visiting www.healthlineonline.ca/
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Sun Country Health Region
Tel: (306) 842-8399
Fax: (306) 842-8738
Comments & Concerns Line:
Toll free: 1-800-696-1622
MOOSE MOUNTAIN LODGE: (306) 453-2434
MENTAL HEALTH: (306) 453-2403
PUBLIC HEALTH: (306) 453-6131
SOCIAL SERVICES: (306) 453-3455
To obtain Saskatchewan Health Services 1-800-667-7551