Health community consultation draws many to Fort Qu’Appelle
“Our highest priority is to maintain and improve the quality and safety of the services we provide.” That was the key sentiment shared by the Regina Qu’Appelle Regional Health Authority’s Board Chairman Dick Carter Monday night in Fort Qu’Appelle. The Board was hosting its annual community consultation event where rural residents have an opportunity to learn more about the RQHR and the services offered in the area.
Elder Noel Starblanket from the Star Blanket Cree Nation.
“The Board believes that engaging with, and listening to, the views of our communities are an important part of our commitment to patient and family-centred
care,” Carter said to a full house representing a number of communities and First Nations. “We welcome the opportunity to share the work that the region
is engaged in to continually improve the delivery of health services.”
The evening began with a prayer from Elder Noel Starblanket from the Star Blanket Cree Nation.
Carter then provided an overview of the region’s focus on quality and safety, access and patient flow, as well as overall system sustainability.
Primary health care director Dan Drummond, alongside manager Lorie Mokelki, shared information about the area’s developing primary health care services
in what’s known as the Touchwood Qu’Appelle Primary Health Care network. Primary health care is the everyday support for individuals and communities
to better manage their own health. The region’s commitment is to provide coordinated health services that are client-centred, community designed and
Some notable developments for the Touchwood Qu’Appelle network include enhancing nurse practitioner services, a strong focus on programming to address
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), relationship building with First Nations communities and several continuous improvement efforts. Further
developing primary health care services throughout the RQHR is a key focus for the region; currently five other networks exist in both urban and rural.
Community members also had an opportunity to ask questions and share concerns related to their health care in the area. Topics for discussion included
physician recruitment, concerns about Grenfell Pioneer Home, and the government’s plans to reduce the number of health regions. “The Board very much
appreciates the opportunity to engage with the community and hear feedback on what we can do better,” Carter said.
Community consultations such as this one occur annually in rural communities and complement existing public Board meetings that are held throughout the
year in both urban and rural locations. You can learn more about the Regina Qu’Appelle Regional Health Authority’s Board and access Monday’s presentation