Canada’s First Mobile Health Team

January 15, 2013

Nova Scotians living in New Waterford are closer to being able to see a doctor same-day or next-day and having 24-7 access to emergency care.

The province has approved the Cape Breton District Health Authority’s proposal to establish a Collaborative Emergency Centre at New Waterford Consolidated Hospital. It includes a convenient mobile unit for people in the area.

The CEC will provide:
— access to primary health care by a team of professionals, including doctors and nurse practitioners for extended hours, seven days per week
— same-day or next-day access to appointments
— 24/7 access to emergency care

The CEC mobile unit will provide overnight care to residents in their homes. With a nurse, paramedic and online physician oversight, the unit will take services to people with less urgent health issues.

“Emergency room closures and long waits have plagued our health-care system and frustrated people in this area for many years,” said Premier Darrell Dexter today, Dec. 21. “The six collaborative emergency centres open already bring together emergency departments, local family practices and other health professionals, working as a team, to provide better care sooner to families, night and day.”

The Cape Breton District Health Authority and its advisory committee are planning how the New Waterford CEC will function and will share details when they are available.

“Now the Cape Breton District Health Authority will be able to begin its work in getting this CEC up and running so that we add these new features to the New Waterford hospital,” said Deputy Premier Frank Corbett. “Here in New Waterford, we have residents who don’t drive or who have limited access to transportation. With a mobile CEC, residents won’t have to wait for care in the ER or travel to a fixed site at night. Instead, the team will come to them, assess their needs, and provide the most appropriate care.”