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Province steps up overdose measures

July
27
,
2016
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A joint task force has been launched to stem an unprecedented rise in overdoses in B.C. were announced Wednesday. The joint task force on overdose response is headed by provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall and Clayton Pecknold, director of...

New device regulates heart compressions

July
22
,
2016
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Royal Inland Hospital has a brand new device to help save heart attack patients thanks to a donation from the Kamloops Fire Fighters Charitable Society. Fire fighters from engine one were on hand at the hospital Friday for a demonstration of the...

Video tells heartwarming story of hospice

July
21
,
2016
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Hospice — like the end of life that it signifies — is a subject many tend to avoid for obvious reasons. Wendy Marlow hopes that will change in Kamloops with the circulation of a new video by Mastermind Studios. The five-minute...

RIH parking changes in store Monday

July
21
,
2016
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Expect to see traffic patterns at RIH change permanently Monday as the public parkade opens at the new Clinical Services Building.  Patients and visitors are advised to be alert to new signs at the site directing traffic, either to the new...

Refugee health-care effort lauded

July
19
,
2016
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Health-care resources were rallied in short order in anticipation of the arrival of hundreds of Syrian refugees in the region, an exceptional effort recognized at Tuesday’s IHA board meeting. The goal was to develop a systematic,...

Funds directed at chronic pain management

July
18
,
2016
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New funding for Pain BC will help support the organization’s second pain summit and help develop a chronic pain management and opioid harm reduction strategy. Health Minister Terry Lake announced $50,000 in new funding Monday, calling...

Fentanyl deaths exceed 2015 fatalities

July
13
,
2016
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Overdose deaths linked to fentanyl in the southern Interior have in the first six months of this year exceeded fatalities from the illicit opioid in all of 2015. Despite a provincial health emergency and other preventive measures, the number...

$1M gift to streamline breast cancer treatment

July
7
,
2016
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A $1 million donation from Rae Fawcett will go a long way toward improving breast cancer diagnosis and treatment in the region. Fawcett and her husband, Ron, already well known for their philanthropy in the community, were on hand at RIH Thursday...

Largest donation in the wings for foundation

July
6
,
2016
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Women’s breast health will benefit from what the RIH Foundation describes as its largest single donation ever. Details on the donor will be released at a news conference Thursday at the hospital. The largest single donation to the...

Care facility understaffing chronic: advocate

June
29
,
2016
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Improved staffing levels are key to addressing resident-to-resident aggression in long-term care facilities, the Hospital Employees Union said Wednesday. The union was responding to a report on the topic released by B.C. Seniors...