posted Jun 8, 2012, 10:40 AM by Kelly Collard
updated Jun 24, 2012, 8:42 PM
By Sarah Bissonette Jun 06, 2012 - 3:48 PM
ROSSEAU – The Rosseau Nursing Station has extended hours this summer, thanks to the Lake Rosseau North Association (LRNA).
This July and August the nursing station doors will open weekends and statutory holidays with staff time paid for by the association’s Rosseau EH! fundraising initiative.
The initiative celebrates the association’s 30th birthday.
“The Rosseau EH! pilot project underscores LRNA’s commitment to the greater Rosseau community,” said Anita Wood, LRNA president. “Extended weekend hours of the Ruth Dare Nursing Station is a very important issue to cottagers, people in town and the countryside.”
An area nurse practitioner, who has covered off nurse praticioner Donna Kearney before, will help cover the additional hours.
The health centre is open for non-emergencies such as sore throats and cuts.
“This is providing health care close to the dock,” said Kearney, who said the request for additional summer hours was possible in summer’s past.
Chief Executive Officer Donald Sanderson said the number of people visiting the health centre’ emergency room could double in the summer months.
“Anyone who can be cared for in our nursing stations and avoid a visit to our emergency room helps to take some of the pressure off,” he said. ”We’re assuming it’s primary care and it’s not life threatening types of emergencies and that will help everybody, shorten waits for the existing people in our emergency department.”
Throughout the summer the nursing station will track its usage and the reason for the visits during the extended hours. Depending on the use, staffing, and funding from either the province or organizations such as the RLNA, extended hours could continue in summers to come.
“Really, the most difficult part of this is finding staff,” said Kearney. “I can’t work seven days a week…even as we speak we’re still having difficulties finding someone to cover the front desk (in the summer).”
She added the nursing station was lucky to have an available nurse practitioner who lives in the area.
As of late May, the association has raised about $12,000 of the $15,000 needed.
The extended hours on weekends and statuary holidays are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. between June 30 and August 31.