Nova Scotia Health’s Mental Health and Addictions Program (MHAP) received funding from the Nova Scotia Office of Addictions and Mental Health to pilot a mental health acute day hospital service in Central Zone at the Abbie J. Lane Building site of the QEII Health Sciences Centre.
The Nova Scotia Health Innovation Hub has named Dr. Amanda Caissie as an Innovator in Residence. Dr. Caissie is a global leader in digital oncology focused on patient impact that is driving change for Nova Scotians.
“We need leaders who have great expertise but are also willing to transform the healthcare system by improving access to care and patient experience," says Dr. Gail Tomblin Murphy, Vice-President of Research, Innovation and Discovery and Chief Nurse Executive at Nova Scotia Health. "Dr. Caissie has done an exceptional job throughout her career, is internationally recognized in her areas of expertise, and has also driven partnership opportunities to improve patients’ experience.”
Dr. Robert Oliver never missed his kids’ basketball games because of work -- despite running a busy family practice out of the Woodlawn Medical Clinic in Dartmouth and offering his patients weekend appointments. This was possible because he teamed up with other local physicians who care for each other’s patients in weekend clinics on a rotating basis.
This model is known as an Urgent Care Centre. Weekend appointments are available Friday evenings and on Saturdays and Sundays for patients of doctors who have joined the urgent care group. Patients will see whichever doctor is on shift that weekend, but unlike a walk-in clinic, the doctor will have full access to their charts and medical histories.
When Barry Johnston was diagnosed with prostate cancer in Summer 2022, he knew having cancer treatment would need to be his priority, but he hoped it would not disrupt his life too much.
“I’m retired, but I have a routine that keeps me busy,” he says. “I love cars and going to car shows, and when I’m not at a car show there’s woodworking, daily walks with my wife, yardwork and all the other things involved in keeping a house running. I hoped I wouldn’t have to put all that on hold while I had cancer treatments.
This is final article in the series profiling some of Nova Scotia Health’s palliative care staff and volunteers, in recognition of National Hospice Palliative Care Week 2023. In their own words, four members of Central Zone’s palliative care division give voice to a fundamental understanding of what palliative care is all about: A multidisciplinary team approach to patient-centered, life-affirming care.