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Mobile medical unit swings through Williams Lake

The Mobile Medical Unit is rolling towards home after a successful deployment at Cariboo Memorial Hospital (CMH) in Williams Lake. With the hospital needing to undergo significant renovations as a result of a pipe bursting in -30C weather in February, the MMU team was able to support CMH while also juggling COVID-19 related deployments like…

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Putting the person first

Rosanne Nelson knows her son better than anyone. She knows he is a talented musician who played in a band with his brother for years. He is a hard-working student who beat the odds and finished his degree despite ongoing health challenges. He is a middle child with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. But she…

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A day in the life: Environmental health officer

Working as an environmental health officer (also known as a public health inspector), you never know what the day might bring. You might find yourself inspecting drinking water systems, restaurants, public swimming pools, or tanning salons. We also investigate public health complaints, disease outbreaks, industrial camps, and special events. Environmental health officers respond to public…

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Primary care networks: providing the care that people need

At 82 years of age, Win Mott speaks of very few health-care complaints. The Trail resident knows he should pay attention to eating well in order to stay healthy, and he can envision needing some physiotherapy down the road to ease the pains that accompany aging. Win also knows he’ll have easy access to health-care…

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The power of stories

Dr. Carol Ward believes in the power of stories. In fact, stories are a vital tool in her work to help patients navigate their complex mental health challenges at Hillside Centre, a mental health facility in Kamloops that accepts patients from across Interior Health and the province. “When you know someone’s story, you’re better able…

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A silver lining in the IH renal program

There is no question that COVID-19 has changed the way we do things.  Some of these changes have made life more challenging, but some have led to very positive outcomes. In particular, those receiving kidney treatment through the Kelowna renal program have benefited from a new process of completing vascular surgery patient consultations and pre-surgical…

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Overdose awareness more important than ever

International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held each year on August 31 to raise awareness about overdose, and reduce the stigma associated with substance use. It is also an important day to recognize the loss and grief felt by so many people around the world who have lost loved ones to overdose. This opportunity to…

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Patient-centred care in mental health and substance use

"There are only so many ways to fix a broken leg," says Debi Morris. "But if you have five patients with a mood disorder, there will be so many ways you will approach treatment." For Debi, the field of Mental Health and Substance Use (MHSU) is fascinating, in part, because care and treatment needs to…

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Getting creative against COVID-19

Jonathan Green is a recent high-school grad from Kelowna. His mom is also a physician at the Urgent and Primary Care Centre in town. As part of a recent class project he created a video to help spread the word about staying safe and protecting ourselves against COVID-19. "I see my mom going to work…

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