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Not too late to get a flu shot, IHA says

December
15
,
2015
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Interior Health is reminding the public that it is not too late to get a flu shot as the season reaches its typical January peak. While influenza hasn’t been a widespread as first predicted this season, the virus can spread quickly over the...

B.C. plays catchup with nurse shortage: Lake

December
9
,
2015
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While the B.C. Nurses Union has declared a shortage of special nurses a crisis, the province blames the shortfall on training cutbacks in the 1990s. A shortage of specialized nurses is beginning to create problems in acute care, the BCNU has said...

Pair empowers diabetics with 'gift of knowledge'

November
28
,
2015
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When Amos Bob woke up in RIH, he had no idea how he got there. Managing a smile through partial face paralysis — the after-effects of a stroke — Bob was taking physiotherapy and looking forward to Friday, when his wife picked him up...

Huge gains in HIV testing, says IHA 

November
26
,
2015
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Work to expand access to HIV testing and treatment in the region has led to significant increases in screening for the disease, a critical step in controlling and eventually ending the AIDS epidemic, Interior Health said Thursday.  Since...

Laundry out-sourcing decision delayed

November
26
,
2015
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A decision whether to privatize laundry services within the health region is on hold until spring. Chris Mazurkewich, recently appointed president and CEO of Interior Health, said he wants to take the time to better understand the complexities of...

Province moves to reduce MRI waits

November
18
,
2015
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The government announced new measures Wednesday to speed up MRI scans. Demand for medical imaging in B.C. has never been greater. Premier Christy Clark and Health Minister Terry Lake today announced a four-year strategy for magnetic resonance...

Quit smoking, prevent COPD, Lake says

November
18
,
2015
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Health Minister Terry Lake, who has experienced the impact of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) first hand, says it’s not too late to prevent the disease and manage symptoms. Lake released a statement Wednesday on World...

Health navigator funding supports recovery

November
6
,
2015
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Health Minister Terry Lake announced funding Friday of $150,000 to ASK Wellness Society to continue the support of a partnership between the society and RIH, which connects vulnerable people with supports after release from the hospital. ...

Funding 'huge' for brain injury survivors

November
6
,
2015
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Kamloops brain injury clients stand to benefit from a $75,000 provincial grant announced Friday. The grant will be used for vital operating costs including a complete upgrade of the association’s outdated computer server and client database...

'We're getting the tower,' RIH official says

November
6
,
2015
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A patient care tower, the next phase of development at Royal Inland Hospital, is not a fait accompli, but don’t tell that to Carol Laberge. “In my mind, it’s not if we get the tower, it’s when we get it, because...