Get your flu shot. It's easy and important!

Vaccination is the safest and most effective way to protect yourself and loved ones from the flu. Make sure you’re protected this flu season:

  • Contact your family physician, nurse practitioner or local pharmacy to get your vaccination .
  • If you have a child between 0-5 years and do not have a family care provider, contact your local Public Health office to make an appointment.

Questions about flu vaccination? Speak with your health care provider, pharmacist or call local Public Health office. You can also check out novascotia.ca/dhw/cdpc/flu for some frequently asked questions.

Critical Bed Shortage still challenging South Shore Health

24 August, 2012 -- BRIDGEWATER – The critical bed shortage at South Shore Regional Hospital and Fishermen's Memorial Hospital continues.

Compounding the situation heading into the weekend is the closure of the Walk-in clinic located at South Shore Regional Hospital, for Friday and Saturday, and the closure of the Fishermen's Emergency Department at 5:00 pm on Sunday, due to physician shortages.

"We continue to experience high volumes in our Emergency Department, with many requiring admission," said Janet Simm, Vice-President Health Services. "The closure of the walk-in today and tomorrow and the closure of the Emergency Department at Fishermen's Memorial are bound to have an impact on our wait-times at the South Shore Regional site."

Currently South Shore Regional is well over capacity. Fishermen's Memorial Hospital is also over capacity, while Queens General is at near normal levels with admitted patients. 

"We apologize for any inconvenience that this causes the public and we ask for your continued cooperation and assistance as we do our best to provide quality care for the people of South Shore," concluded Simm.

If you do not require emergency care you may wish to visit your family health care provider, call 811 to receive medical advice from a Registered Nurse, or visit the nearest walk-in clinic (Bridgewater, Hammonds Plains or Tantallon).

If you require emergency assistance please call 911.

 

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South Shore Health Welcomes Premier’s Announcement of New Equipment


July 10, 2012 – BRIDGEWATER – Premier Darrell Dexter visited South Shore Regional Hospital today to announce new equipment for the District. The new equipment includes 49 new patient beds, 10 bed pan washers, and one tissue processor for the lab.

"The purchase of this new equipment made possible through the support of the province and the generous contribution of our Foundation, will have direct and positive impacts on the quality of care that we are able to offer the people of the South Shore," said Dr Peter Vaughan, President and CEO of South Shore Health.

New beds - 49 Patient beds (46 medical beds, 2 bariatric beds, 1 birthing bed)
The new beds are currently on order and will be manufactured according to the identified needs for delivery this Fall. New features built into the beds will enhance patient comfort and assist nursing staff in providing better care for patients. For example:
·         new mattress surface materials will offer increased patient comfort and assist with healing;
·         scales built into the beds will mean patients do not need to be moved to have accurate weight measurements taken;
·         bed exit alarms will help ensure the safety of patients who should not be getting out of bed unassisted; and
·         improved mobility systems will make moving and adjusting beds easier for patients and staff.

The Bariatric beds have a larger size and capacity that gives more comfort for certain patients. New birthing bed technology offers features to improve the comfort of women giving birth and to assist clinicians in better aiding in the delivery of babies.

10 Bed pan washers
Through this funding all three hospital sites will receive new bed pan washers. The new washers will be installed on each medical unit and will reduce the risk of transmission of infections by using new washing techniques to sanitize patients' bed pans.

Tissue processor
The new tissue processor offers improved technology to better and more efficiently provide diagnostic services and care to our patients.

South Shore Health has more than 1100 staff who provide quality care to the residents of the South Shore in three hospital sites and numerous community programs.

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Get your Flu Shot... Not the Flu!

Fast Facts about Flu Vaccine

Vaccination is the single most important way to prevent the Flu!
Flu shots are free of charge for all Nova Scotians.
We encourage everyone to get the flu vaccine, but especially people at high risk of complications including the elderly, the young (six to 23 months), pregnant women and anyone with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, asthma, and diabetes and those who live with, or care for, individuals in the high risks groups.
Seasonal flu vaccine is available from your family physician or nurse practitioner. Public clinics are being offered by Public Health Services, some family physicians and nurse practitioners and through some workplaces. Click here to find a clinic near you.
Do not visit a vaccine clinic if you have a cough & fever.
The flu shot is a simple, safe and effective way to protect yourself and your family against the flu.
For more information visit: www.gov.ns.ca/hpp/cdpc/influenza.asp