High Prairie hospital to provide delivery, dialysis services

HIGH PRAIRIE — The High Prairie Health Complex will be providing services in dialysis and deliveries.

Alberta’s Health Minister Sarah Hoffman, along with Children Services Minister Danielle Larivee, introduced the new obstetrics program at the hospital, which will give families in the area the opportunity to deliver their babies closer to home for the first time since 2007. The program began this January, and will expand over the next several months to provide families with care in the hospital before, during, and after birth.

A group of staff and physicians have completed education and training in birth deliveries, including anesthesia for C-sections, in addition to prenatal, labour, and delivery care.

Before the obstetrics program, the High Prairie Health Complex only offered births and C-sections in emergency situations, as most families would have to travel to Peace River, Grande Prairie, Slave Lake, or Edmonton to have their babies delivered.

The hospital expects to support around 100 families each year.

The provincial government is also investing $5.2 million to build a brand new dialysis clinic in the High Prairie Health Complex. Current kidney patients in the area travel to Peace River, Slave Lake, and Edmonton. When construction is complete, the clinic will be able to provide services for up to 12 patients weekly.

 

-Navi Bal, Trending 55 News

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