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MP invites input on medically assisted dying

April
19
,
2016
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No one relishes the conversation but it’s an issue that, sooner or later, touches almost everyone. After decades of activism, debate and deliberation by the highest court, Bill C-14, Medical Assistance in Dying is on the table, a law that...

'You can't take it with you,' says RIH donor

April
15
,
2016
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There was plenty to celebrate with chocolate cake Friday in a new ultrasound procedure room at RIH — a birthday, a wedding anniversary and the room itself thanks to a $300,000 donation from Jim and Sheila McMillan. The longtime Cariboo...

HEU workers protest understaffing

April
15
,
2016
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While bargaining was in progress Friday at Kamloops Seniors Village, union workers rallied along Hugh Allan Drive to protest what they say is chronic understaffing that undermines care. Kamloops Seniors Village has the second lowest staffing in...

Drug deaths prompt health emergency

April
14
,
2016
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A spike in drug-related overdoses and deaths in B.C. — including 39 deaths in the Interior Health region in the first three months of 2016 — has led provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall to declare a public health...

Timeframe tight for right-to-die bill

April
14
,
2016
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Parliamentarians have seven weeks to debate assisted dying legislation that Quebec spent six years crafting, MP Cathy McLeod observed Thursday after Bill C-14 was tabled Thursday in Ottawa. The Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP said she needs time to...

System launch marks new electronic era

April
13
,
2016
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Royal Inland Hospital’s emergency department has launched its new electronic medical record (EMR) system. “Delivery of safe, quality care for our patients is at the core of what our health professionals do every day. Implementing a...

Changing minds with Margaret Trudeau

April
13
,
2016
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Margaret Trudeau brought humour, warmth and grace to the podium at TRU’s Grand Hall Wednesday morning, recalling the highs and lows of a disorder that almost destroyed her. A mental health advocate who has battled bipolar disorder both...

More substance-use beds announced

April
6
,
2016
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An additional 73 substance-use treatment beds are on their way to communities throughout the Interior Health region, including a dozen in the Thompson-Cariboo area. The new beds are part of IHA’s plan to meet the province’s 500...

More anesthetists coming for RIH surgeries

April
1
,
2016
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Royal Inland Hospital will be able to open its ninth operating room with the arrival of more anesthetists, but it won’t be until fall. “In Kamloops, there is an inability to do more surgeries largely as a result of a shortage of...

Old Courthouse goes blue for autism

April
1
,
2016
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Passersby may notice that the Old Courthouse Cultural Centre is lit up in blue on Saturday. The heritage building has some distinguished company in blue: the Empire State Building, Canada Place in Vancouver, Niagara Falls, London’s...