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Pharmacy renovation complete at Penticton hospital

Pharmacist Christine Rutherford is used to thinking on her feet. As a leader on the pharmacy team at Penticton Regional Hospital, Christine and her colleagues operate in a fast-paced team environment that is mostly unseen by the public, but is an integral part of a person’s safe health-care journey. From helping to develop medication therapy…

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Virtual counselling creates space for person-centred care

Brittany Willment remembers feeling apprehensive the first time she used the online tool called Kelty’s Key with one of her clients.   “I thought, ‘Would I be able to provide therapy in a useful way? What if my email doesn’t work? How do I do this?' ” recalls the counsellor from Penticton's mental health and…

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New day surgery unit open at Trail hospital

Cindy Ferguson has been helping people through minor surgeries at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital (KBRH) in Trail for 14 years. When patients are in need of day surgery and minor procedures, Cindy and her colleagues go to work in what is known as the ambulatory care unit, where patients who don’t require an overnight stay…

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Practicing gratitude to improve your health

Gratitude is saying "thank you." But it's more than a thank-you to a friend for a favour or gift. Gratitude is saying thanks for everything that is important to you and good in your life. Gratitude is linked to well-being. Studies suggest that people who practice gratitude appear to be more optimistic, pleased with their…

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Medical device reprocessing full steam ahead in Lillooet

As Medical Device Reprocessing (MDR) units go, it’s one of the smallest around. But that’s OK, because the brand new two-person unit fits perfectly in the Lillooet Hospital and Health Centre. And fits right in with a team of health-care professionals that work together to give residents from a large rural area excellent care and…

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Penticton creates a supportive community for breastfeeding

Breastfeeding provides many health benefits for mothers and babies. Communities and health-care organizations have an important role to play in creating an environment that makes it easier to breastfeed. Recently, the Penticton community has been taking steps to support breastfeeding in the South Okanagan. Baby-Friendly Initiative a vital partnership Health-care teams at Penticton Regional Hospital…

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Overdose prevention – when and where it’s needed

Last year there were 283 overdose deaths recorded in the Interior Health region. The highest yearly total yet. To prevent more of these tragic and preventable deaths, the province has developed a new way for health-care staff to safely support people who require overdose prevention services. These services include having health-care staff observe drug consumption…

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Safe and respectful maternal and newborn care

During pregnancy, labour, and delivery, many First Nations, Inuit and Métis people experience significant barriers to accessing care. This can lead to a higher risk of poor maternal and newborn health. But there are ways to make a difference. One is to get informed. The National Aboriginal Council of Midwives and Patients for Patient Safety…

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Heading back to school

September is an exciting time of year as kids like me head back to school. I'm especially excited this year because we have a vaccine that will be the best way to get us back to doing all the things we love. Over the summer I got my second COVID-19 vaccine. This was really important…

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