The campaign to recruit medical professionals to the Swan Valley continues.
Recruiting committee chairman Duane Whyte admits they’re not where they’d like to be, but their efforts are paying off.
“I think we’re sitting nearly at 13 doctors at the health care clinic, which is great,” he said. “One of our guys’ gone back and taken anethesiology training, which is fantasic, we still need one more anethesiologist and we need two surgeons, so that’s a bit of a bothersome point.”
Seeking anesthesiologists is one particular area they’re actively addressing, and Whyte says bringing in specialists in that field would be a major boon in restoring maternity services in Swan River.
“I know so many young people are going to Yorkton for example or Dauphin to have their deliveries, and in the Manitoba winters that can be pretty dangerous thing in itself…being on the road with a young woman in labour.”
Whyte notes there are also a pair of nurse practitioners working at the health care clinic in Swan River, and that their physicians are assisting in recruitment efforts, noting that the clinic is so busy, the community may have to look expanding it before long.
The committee is also looking at helping to purchase a needed piece of medical equipment.
Whyte says they’ve been in preliminary discussions with local service groups and provincial officials, about the possibility of purchasing a CT scanner for the Swan Valley – which could cost as much as one million dollars.
“We feel that the money saved by having the CT Scanner within the community would be fantastic from having ambulances not having to go out as often,” he said. “And hypothetically those savings could nearly run the whole operation, so that’s in the discussion stage.”
Whyte says the new scanner would be useful in the treatment of numerous conditions, including strokes.