Madame Speaker, in a recent health event I announced several strategic initiatives to create better access, and better care for Islanders.
This included focusing the work at our community hospitals, enhancing our already robust ambulance fleet, stabilizing our dialysis services, introducing Prince Edward Island first ever Collaborative Emergency Centre, and establishing 811 Telehealth – so that Islanders are only a phone call away from accessing professional health care advice.
At the heart of each of these changes, is the patient….We are increasing access to family physician, reducing emergency room wait times, providing more long term care beds and increasing access to elective surgeries. Ultimately we are striving to create the best possible health care system for Islander patients.
I also announced last week that over the next month we would be holding community information sessions in Alberton, Tyne Valley, O’Leary, Souris and Montague. As Minister I want to ensure Islanders understand these enhancements, why they are happening and how they will be beneficial to our entire health care system.
These community information sessions will take place
- On April 8 in Alberton
- April 10 in Souris
- April 15 in Tyne Valley
- April 17 in O’Leary and
- April 29 in Montague
To make them accessible, they will be evening sessions…and we will have the full details on dates, times and locations advertised in the newspapers, via social media and placed on both our Department and Health PEI websites.
Myself, along with Health PEI officially will be attending each of the community information session.
As Minister, I want to formally invite all Islanders to come out…learn about the health services available in your own community and how it fits into our overall provincial health care system.