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New funds bolster Better at Home supports

June
10
,
2016
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A sold-out seniors symposium started on a high note Friday with news of additional funding for a program enabling people to remain living in their homes rather than moving into residential care. “I’m proud to announce today that the...

Lake accents the positive in health care

June
8
,
2016
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With the steadily increasing needs of an aging population, ballooning costs, physician and nurse shortages, not to mention emerging health challenges, health care seems to limp from one problem to the next. It’s no wonder the words health...

Roundtable launches new air-quality resource

June
8
,
2016
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There is no better day than today, Clean Air Day, to roll out a new website on the air we breathe, says the Kamloops Air Quality Roundtable. Comprised of scientists and technicians who work in the field of air quality, the roundtable hopes to...

B.C. takes steps as assisted dying now legal

June
6
,
2016
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As of today, Monday, June 6, assisted dying is no longer illegal in Canada. As set out by the Supreme Court of Canada in its February 2015 ruling, doctors are no longer prohibited by law from providing medical assistance in in dying to competent,...

Hospital's new face takes shape

May
30
,
2016
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With a couple of months remaining until the Clinical Services Building begins operation, the facility is taking shape as the architectural face of RIH. Laminate beams, exterior cladding and a Royal Inland Hospital sign were in place Monday,...

Safe injection program on the table

May
26
,
2016
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Soaring drug overdoses and a provincial health emergency have led Interior Health to look at “safe consumption sites” as part of its harm reduction strategy in Kamloops as well as Kelowna. The city, however, is not about to see the...

'Huge challenge' to meet court deadline: MP

May
24
,
2016
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MP Cathy McLeod said Tuesday it will be a “huge challenge” to pass Bill C-14, federal physician-assisted death legislation, in time to meet a Supreme Court of Canada deadline of June 6. While the House of Commons remains in sessions,...

Kamloops challenged to boost organ donation

May
18
,
2016
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Organ donor consent decals used in the past on B.C. drivers licences are no longer valid, City council heard Tuesday from an advocate who owes her life to liver transplant a decade ago. Amanda Poch said there are several reasons why donor-consent...

Society gives $40,000 for breast health clinic

May
4
,
2016
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Faster breast cancer diagnosis in Kamloops has a major boost from the Can-Ital Ladies Society. The society held its meeting at RIH, where the group presented a cheque for $40,000 in support of a rapid-access breast health clinic, a project in...

Whooping cough cases prompt reminder

April
26
,
2016
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As cases of whooping cough arise in several Interior communities, parents and caregivers are advised to ensure their children’s immunizations are up to date. Also known as pertussis, whooping cough is a serious infection of the lungs and...