Paramedicine skips Houston

Emergency Health Services chose Chetwynd, Fort St. James and Hazelton to launch phase one of the paramedicine program.

Emergency Health Services chose Chetwynd, Fort St. James and Hazelton to launch phase one of the paramedicine program.

Community paramedicine is a new program meant to increase access to basic health services through Ambulance paramedics.

It would be for non-urgent, primary care in patients’ homes or in the community and be done in partnership with local health care providers, said Preet Grewal, Communications Officer for B.C. Emergency Health Services.

In 2014, the province committed to create at least 80 new full-time positions in paramedicine, which will be implemented across B.C. April 2015 to March 2019.

Bringing paramedicine to Houston was one of five Northern Health recommendations released February 6 in the Houston Health Review.

Houston Councillor Jonathan Van Barneveld is optimistic that it is coming.

“I know that Northern Health is working to get it in our community, so I would imagine that Houston will be receiving it very shortly,” he said.

Jodi Jensen, Chief Operating Officer with B.C. Emergency Health Services, says the program is being rolled out gradually.

Phase one launched with the Northern Health Authority in April. It will launch in the interior in May or June and on the island late summer, she said.

“This rolling start provides the opportunity to focus attention on one Health Authority at a time,” said Jensen.

It “enables community paramedics to develop the contacts needed in each community to ensure they will be well-integrated members of the established health care teams.”

Jensen says phase one is investigative and exploratory.

“Community paramedics will initially be working with local health providers to better understand the health care needs and service gaps in the community, help define the scope of services required and participate in the development of a local service plan,” she said.

After phase one is evaluated, Jensen says they will identify the community needs paramedicine can address and develop a criteria for implementing the program successfully.

She says that information will be available in the fall of 2015.

“In the next phase, community paramedicine will be expanded to more rural or remote communities in B.C.” Jensen said.

“It is anticipated that regulatory changes will be made to support a broader scope of practice that will enable the community paramedic to provide a greater range of services.”

 

Just Posted

FILE – Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, takes part in an event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Indigenous Peoples Day must be a ‘call to action’, says Assembly of First Nations chief

Discovery of children at Kamloops residential school site must lead to change, Perry Bellegarde says

lotto max logo
Are you the lucky winner?

A $1 million ticket was bought in Burns Lake for Friday’s Lotto… Continue reading

Jill Mackenzie carefully replaces books on the shelves at the Houston Public Library. (Angelique Houlihan photo)
District approves annual library grant

Craft kits featured for summer reading club

The tradition of Houston Christian School grads giving Bibles to incoming kindergarten students will take place this year, but outdoors and in a modified fashion. (File photo)
Houston Christian School grad day is June 24

Grads themselves have set tone for the day, says teacher

Scott Richmond will be starting as the new vice principal for HSS and TSE. (Submitted/Houston Today)
Houston gets a new vice principal

Scott Richmond takes over from Dwayne Anderson who moved to Smithers

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
VIDEO: Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

Chilliwack secondary school’s principal is apologizing after a quote equating graduation with the end of slavery in the U.S. was included in the 2020-2021 yearbook. (Screenshot from submitted SnapChat)
B.C. student’s yearbook quote equates grad to end of slavery; principal cites editing error

Black former student ‘disgusted’ as CSS principal apologizes for what is called an editing error

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross. (Photo by Peter Versteege)
BC Liberal leadership candidate condemns ‘senseless violence’ of Okanagan church fires

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross says reconciliation isn’t about revenge for past tragedies

A coroner’s inquest will be taking place at the Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni for the next week. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Teen B.C. mom who died following police custody recalled as ‘friend to many’

Police sent Jocelyn George to hospital after intoxication had gone ‘beyond the realm’ of normal detox

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2020, file photo, Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. Nassib on Monday, June 21, 2021, became the first active NFL player to come out as gay. Nassib announced the news on Instagram, saying he was not doing it for the attention but because “I just think that representation and visibility are so important.” (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
Nassib becomes first active NFL player to come out as gay

More than a dozen NFL players have come out as gay after their careers were over

Penticton Indian Band Chief Greg Gabriel speaks to the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church burning down early Monday morning, June 21, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Penticton band chief condemns suspicious burning of 2 Catholic churches

Both Catholic church fires are deemed suspicious, says RCMP

COVID-19 daily cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day moving average to June 17, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections drop to 90 on Sunday, 45 Monday

Pandemic spread dwindles as 77% of adults receive vaccine

By protesting uninvited in First Nations’ territories, conservationists are acting in a neocolonial or paternalistic manner, says Huu-ay-aht Chief Robert Dennis. Photo by Heather Thomson
A closer look: do Vancouver Island First Nations support the war in the woods?

First Nations/environmentalist old growth alliance uneasy, if it exists at all

A blood drive in support of 1-year-old Rielynn Gormley of Agassiz is scheduled for Monday, June 28 at Tzeachten First Nation Community Hall in Chilliwack. Rielynn lives with type 3 von Willebrand disease, which makes it difficult for her to stop bleeding. (Screenshot/Canadian Blood Services)
Upcoming blood drive in honour of Fraser Valley toddler with rare blood condition

The Gormley family has organized a blood drive in Chilliwack on June 28

Most Read