Message from Thelma Costello, Chair, OHC Board of Directors
We know that many members of the community continue to be concerned about lack of access to physicians and other service providers at OHC. The loss of Dr. Afroz has added to this concern. We are extremely grateful to Drs. Jensen, Cox and Farzadfar for taking on Dr. Afroz’s patients and know that it will take some time for these additional patients to be integrated into their workload.
Since the last edition of the Buzz, members of the Board have met twice with the Nova Scotia Health Authority and are now working very closely with them to improve the situation and find solutions for people who are still on the 811-waiting list.
OHC is setting a model for collaborative care centres throughout the Province. Our vision is completely in line with the NSHA’s objectives for the primary care system. In April of this year they released a document entitled “Strengthening the Primary Health Care System in Nova Scotia” which makes it clear that OHC is exactly what they hope to achieve. You can find that document at http://www.nshealth.ca/files/strengthening-primary-health-care-system-nova-scotia.
In addition to the clinical services offered through the NSHA we have made great progress with the many services and programs now on offer at OHC. We ask for your understanding and patience as we work through the challenges of the new health care system with our government partners. We will keep you informed of all developments over the coming months.
The Board of Our Health Centre gratefully acknowledges all donors who have made OHC possible. The panel on the left lists individual donors; the panel on the right lists donations in the following categories: Corporate, Foundation, Government, Community and Tributes. These panels are proudly displayed in the beautiful waiting room. (apologies for the glare on the pictures)
FALL PROGRAM SCHEDULE
The full schedule of all programs being offered this fall at OHC will be in the September BUZZ; also, look out for the Rec Dept, brochure that lists all the programs we are collaborating on –some of your old favourites like Fitness in the Kitchen, Chair Yoga, Brain Health etc. ...and many more. Below is a wee peek at some of the new info sessions
Early Childhood Development Intervention INFO SESSIONS
Monday September 25th - 1:30-3:30 or 6:30-8:00
OHC Community Room
Facilitator: Denise Lowe Whynot NSECDIS
Stress Management INFO SESSION
Friday October 6th 10-11:30
OHC Community Room
Facilitator: Jessica Lecky NS Works
Job Retention INFO SESSION
November 3rd 10-1:30
OHC Community Room
Facilitator: Jessica Lecky NS Works
Osteopath coming to OHC!
Dr Grace Crawford will be at OHC one day/week starting in September. All details regarding appointment bookings will be in the September BUZZ
Grace is a registered osteopath trained at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine with a background in both basic and clinical research in addition to osteopathy. She has a strong interest in treating children, especially those with special needs or learning disorders. These children are best served by engaging the entire family. Her practice centres around osteopathy in the cranial field, a modality ideally suited to children as it is very gentle and soothing. Her other area of interest is palliative care.
Blessing of two Sugar Maples at OHC
17 July 2017
Today we gather as Friends of Nature and as members of our community. We dedicate these two Sugar Maples planted in this place, OHC, in Chester. We celebrate Canada 150 with thanksgiving for our great country.
“Happy are those...[whose] delight is in the law of the Lord, and on [God’s] law they meditate day and night. They are like trees planted by a [body] of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all they do they prosper.” (Ps. 1:1-3)
God of the living and the dead, help us to celebrate well this 150th year of Canada. Remembering past times, and our role in the family of nations, we dedicate these trees to Canada’s great future. We honour this place of healing and hope, Our Health Centre, as it continues to give to our families, and our community, a place for healthy initiatives. These trees are a sign of remembrance and gratitude, but we dedicate them also as a sign of hope. Let their continued growth be a sign of your grace and peace to us. In the name of our Lord we pray. Amen. Rev. Dr. Dan Green
CHRONIC PAIN SELF-MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP) is a program for people living with ongoing, chronic pain. The program is available to individuals affected by chronic pain including the patient, family and close friends, and caregivers of those living with chronic pain.
What are the benefits for patients? You will learn:
Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation.
Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance.
Appropriate use of medications.
Effective ways to communicate with family, friends, and health care professionals.
Effective ways to deal with stress.
There is also great emphasis on three key life skills:
Who leads the groups? All workshops are run by a pair of certified trained Leaders; one is a health care person and the other is a community citizen who has chronic pain or cares for someone with chronic pain.
Does the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program replace the education given by doctors and other health care providers?
The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program does not replace existing programs or treatment. It is designed to enhance regular treatment and pain-specific education. The Program is especially helpful for people with chronic disease as it gives them the skills to coordinate all the things needed to manage their health, as well as to help them keep active in their lives.
The program is FREE! Pre-Registration is required.
For more information contact:
Would you like to have a Caregivers Support Group at OHC?
WORKS of ART
The Chester Art Centre organized a Children’s Art Project, the results of which are four outstanding works of art! The 3’x5’ murals were done collectively by children from ages 8-12 in four separate locations within the Chester Municipality: Chester village, Western Shore, New Ross and Blandford/Aspotogan. Lynda Shalagan was the artist chosen by the Art Centre to oversee all four locations and work directly with the children. Two art centre volunteer helpers assisted at each location. Huge thanks to Lynda Shalagan and her helpers, Beverley McInnes, Paula Booher, Sue Newhook and Sheila Barrett. Special thanks also to Karen Hooper from the Art Centre who helped in all ways and attended to the nitty gritty details like waivers and enrollment and coordination and, of course, thanks to the children for their beautiful work. The murals make everyone smile!
This month we are featuring the panel done by children from the Blandford/Aspotogan
DOCTORS NS BLOG: “Energy drinks contain a lot of caffeine and sugar, and the American Academy of Pediatrics specifically warns that energy drinks pose certain health risks because of the simulants they contain and should never be consumed by children or adolescents. Health Canada recommends children should not use them at all When kids need to quench their thirst, offer one of these six healthy alternatives.” Read more at the link below …. http://www.yourdoctors.ca/blog/healthy-kids/6-alternatives-to-energy-drinks-for-kids
What’s happening at OHC?
Do you need help navigating the health care system? OHC Volunteers are happy to be of help! You do not need a doctors’ appointment to come to OHC and get assistance navigating the health care system. There is a computer available to the general pubic at the OHC Info Desk—enter from the parking lot through the main doors on your left. We have created a special website called OHC for Health https://ohcforhealth.com/ which provides links to all the services available locally and provincially under the categories LIVE for health, PLAY for health, WORK for health and LEARN for health. Drop by and let OHC volunteers help you find the information you are looking for
Baby Box Distribution site
STEP 1: Register on Baby Box University at www.babyboxuniversity.com as a Nova Scotia resident. Baby Box Canada provides safe-sleep Baby Boxes through a network of provincial distribution partners that comply with Health Canada's bassinet standard. Baby Boxes come with free products for baby care and development, but the primary purpose of the program is to provide a safe sleep space for all infants regardless of socioeconomic status, and, to engage as many parents as possible in the supportive community.
Esthetics FLEX ROOM # 5 (second floor) MONDAYS Lisa Hrabowsky is offering face, hand, & foot care Book your appointment by calling Lisa at 902-273-8637
Sleep Clinic FLEX ROOM # 4 (second floor) WEDNESDAYS LifeCare Respiratory Services Ltd. offers in-home equipment, sleep studies and support for patients who are suffering from respiratory problems, insomnia, sleep apnea etc. Call 1-800-565-5664 to book an appointment
Clinical Foot Care FLEX ROOM # 5 (second floor) THURSDAYS 9:30am-3:30pm Dan Cox is offering clinical foot care Book your appointment by calling Dan at 902-277-0408
Constituency Office FLEX ROOM # 6 (second floor) 4th WEDNESDAY of each month 10am-3pm This office space will be used for an apolitical service and, in fact, staff are not allowed to answer any political questions. Anne Fownes will be here to assist people who are having an issue with a government department or program such as Canada Revenue Agency, Service Canada, Immigration Canada, etc. Drop in or call 1-888-816-4446 to book an appointment
Employment Services Centre FLEX ROOM # 6 (second floor) TUESDAYS and FRIDAYS 8:30-4:30 FREE employment services to employers, and individuals who are unemployed, underemployed, or working 20 hours/week or less
Access to a computer with Wi-Fi to work on resume/cover letter/ job search
Access to printer/office
Career practitioner on site to assist with any questions
Many of you have probably seen Irene around the village or read about her in the Explore Life Summer 2017 Chester Municipality Recreation Guide. Irene is a wonderful volunteer and OHC is very grateful that she has continued to donate her lovely yarn dolls to the clinic here
Check out page 19 of the guide to read all about Irene’s good deeds
We hope everyone is enjoying the summer weather. Nova Scotia Health Authority(NSHA) will share information about programs and services in our ‘corner’ of the BUZZ.
Best wishes Dr. Afroz:
The team at the Chester Community Clinic wishes Dr. Afroz all the best in her future plans. We know she is enjoying being closer to her family. We have been in touch with Dr Afroz’s patients about their ongoing care at the clinic. If any of her patients have more questions, please contact the clinic at 902-275-4414.
Access to primary care for seasonal residents:
We have received questions on options for seasonal residents to access care while in Chester. We wanted to share that seasonal residents, who have been seen in the past by one of the health care providers practicing with the Chester Community Clinic at Our Health Centre, can continue to make appointments for their health care needs. New seasonal residents who need a primary care provider can put their names on a list maintained by the administrative support team of the clinic.
If you or your family have an immediate need to access primary care, there are a number of options:
There is a walk-in clinic at South Shore Regional Hospital, located in Bridgewater. Hours of service are as follows: Monday – Friday, 5pm until 7:30pm; weekends 10am – 12pm; closed holidays. Patient numbers to reserve your place in the cue are given out at SSRH at 3pm weekdays and 9am on weekends. For more information please call 902-543-4603.
Tantallon Community Medical Clinic provides walk-in services in Upper Tantallon. The clinic is located at 5110 St. Margaret's Bay Rd., Suite 203. Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – 8pm; Saturday, 10am – 2 pm. Closed Sundays. For more information please call 902-826-7200.
Health advice is available 24 hours a day from registered nurses by calling 811. This service is available in over 124 different languages.
Need a Family Practice Registry:
For individuals and families in our community who do not have a regular family physician or nurse practitioner, please register at www.needafamilypractice.nshealth.ca or call 811, Monday to Friday, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Our clinic hours remain the same throughout the summer. However, we are taking some vacation too. We cover for each other for vacations, but we make sure that one of our clinicians is present during clinic hours.
NS Health Authority (NSHA) services at OHC
The Board of OHC is very grateful for their partnership with the NS Health Authority and all the NSHA staff who are working hard alongside us to ensure OHC is the best it can be!
Chester Community Clinic (first floor at OHC) Three doctors and a nurse practitioner, Dr Cox, Dr Jensen, Dr Farzadfar, and Nancy MacDonald are seeing their current patients. Clinic hours are:
An information brochure about the Clinic is available from any of the receptionists
Chester Blood Clinic (first floor at OHC) Hours are:
Mental Health/Addiction Services, Public Health Services, Continuing Care Services (second floor at OHC) Below are the numbers to call to make enquiries and/or book services:
Mental Health /Addictions 902-543-5400
Public Health 902-543-0850
Continuing Care 902-527-5454 / 800-225-7225
Pediatrician (first floor at OHC) Dr Hamson is located at OHC every Tuesday. Appointments are available only through referral from a primary care provider
Diabetes Education Clinic (first floor at OHC) The Diabetic Education Clinic, based out of the Fisherman Memorial Hospital, offers a satellite clinic here twice monthly- every second and fourth Wednesday. Prospective patients can self-refer but a referral from a primary care provider is recommended. Call the number below for more information:
Each of the three hospitals on the South Shore have a dietician on staff for outpatient counselling
If you have questions for the NS Health Authority the contact info is below
1-902-527-5810 or 1-855-881-7061
SPACE for RENT at OHC
Our Health Centre (OHC) invites Expressions of Interest from providers of services that will complement existing primary health care services and are aligned with promoting health and wellness.
VISION, MISSION and VALUES
VISION: A growing, diverse community with a population that is engaged, educated and empowered. Our Health Centre is recognized as the hub for health and wellness MISSION: To improve the health and wellness of all people living in the Municipality of Chester and surrounding areas VALUES: We believe in delivering excellent services and programs in a collaborative, accessible and inclusive manner
Our Health Centre’s strives to provide a welcoming, collaborative health care environment where community members can access primary care practitioners, get information about navigating the provincial health care system and find practical, meaningful, educational experiences aimed at improving their own health and wellbeing.
Phone number for admin office 902-275-3847
Address; 3769 Highway #3 Chester NS B0J1J0
Press Release Jan 20, 2017
The OHC Association is pleased to announce that construction and provisioning of the centre has been completed under budget by approximately $350,000, making the final cost of the Centre approximately $4.15M.
To date, the OHC capital campaign has raised $4.3M towards its target of $4.5M.
“Hard work, dedication and attention to details have led to the raising of funds for this project and to the wise expenditure of those funds. The biggest reward for all of that is certainly seeing people walk through the doors of the centre and the many positive comments the centre has received, but being able to share this good news is a tremendous reward for the members of the association and the OHC donors and supporters,” said Don Munroe, chair of the OHC board.
Completing the building under budget is thanks to the professionalism and skill of Avondale, the general contractor, and the many trades and subcontractors involved in the project combined with the oversight and diligence of the OHC building committee and the project managers, Costello Fitt.
The OHC board on behalf of the associations’ members wishes to thank the many individual community members, families, local businesses, and governments who have recognized the benefit of this project to the municipality and have given so generously.
As the OHC project and campaign got underway, the vision was of a centre to promote health and wellness in this municipality that was funded by the community, built by the community and for the community. This goal has been achieved.
More than 50 percent of the project’s funding has come from individual donors throughout the municipality, approximately 29 percent has come from corporate donors, while less than 18 percent has come from governments.
The OHC Foundation will continue to raise funds to assist with the centre’s operations and programming.
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