Prevent Travel Related Illness, the Unwanted Souvenirs
Studies show that if you visit a travel health professional before international travel, you are seven times less likely to get sick on your trip. It has been nearly a year since Agassiz Medical Centre introduced the Travel Health Clinic and during that time, the most commonly asked question is “What needles do I need to travel?” Whether or not you may need any travel immunizations depends on a number of variables. People assume it is a “one-size-fits all” approach. Consider this scenario, “I’m going to Thailand, what do I need?” A business executive staying in Bangkok at a five star hotel has a completely different risk profile from a student backpacking through rural Thailand. The immunizations for these two travelers would be different even though they are going to the same country. Travelers will receive personalized recommendations based on your specific itinerary, risk factors, and medical history during each travel health appointment. Updating routine immunizations and recommending travel immunizations for your itinerary is a small part of a travel health appointment.
Visiting third world and developing countries means that health care may be less sophisticated, difficult to access, or even non-existent. Up to 70% of Canadians who travel to developing countries, return with some sort of illness and many are preventable. A travel health appointment will help you prepare for potential health consequences of travel to specific areas of the world where health risks are different from those you have to consider while at home.
To arrange your travel health appointment at Agassiz Medical Centre, you need to complete a travel health history form (available at www.agassizmedicalcentre.com, under travel tab). The travel health history form will be reviewed by the travel health nurses and an appointment will be booked with a member of our travel health team. During your appointment, the degree of risk you are willing to take while travelling will be assessed and recommendations for immunizations and other health promotion and illness prevention strategies will be reviewed for travel related topics such as food and water precautions, sun safety and insect precautions. Some immunizations are required for entry into certain countries, such as yellow fever. Accommodations will be made to provide this immunization so allow enough time before travel. We recommend arranging an appointment at least six weeks prior to travel. The length of your travel health appointment is contingent on the complexity of your itinerary and number of travelers in your travel health consultation, your appointment may take from 45 minutes to one hour. Immunizations will be given during your appointment as well as prescriptions for things like anti-malaria medications and immunizations that we do not stock.
In the unfortunate event you become ill during or following travel, we provide post-travel follow-up with our travel doctor. International travel offers many unexpected challenges, but illness should not be one of them. Let Agassiz Medical Centre travel health team keep you healthy as you travel.
Written By Shelley Wall BN, RN
Congratulations to Dr. Bob Menzies
Congratulations to Dr. Bob Menzies for receiving the Morden Area Foundation’s Citizen of Distinction Award for 2017. We are so proud of you!
Thank you Morden Community Thrift Store for donating $9,600
The Morden Community Thrift Store has donated $9,673.75 to the Agassiz Medical Centre Community Board for the purchase of several pieces of medical equipment for Agassiz Medical Centre. The funding will be used to purchase two Blood Pressure Monitors, a 24 Hour Home Blood Pressure Monitor, a Blood Pressure Monitor Mobile Stand and Wall Mount and Carpal Tunnel Equipment.
Online walk-in registration now open!
Exciting News!!! Starting September 19th, you will be able to register for our Walk-In Clinic without having to leave the comfort of your home. Registration starts every day, Monday – Friday at 8:15 am by going online to Agassiz.bleen.ca or call 1-888-852-9304. You can also come to AMC and register at our Walk-In Kiosk or you can also register by coming to the clinic at 11:15 and signing up at the Walk-In desk. Patients will be seen in the order they have registered regardless of how they have done it. We no longer have the number system so please feel free to register using one of the four methods now available.
AMC welcomes Kathryn Penner
Kathryn is currently a member of the College of Dietitian's of Manitoba and has been a certified Diabetes Educator since the year 2000. She grew up in Morris Manitoba, home of the Big M Stampede. After graduating high school She moved to Winnipeg where She attended the University of Manitoba. In 1993 Kathryn completed a bachelors degree in Human Ecology, Foods and Nutrition. After successfully completing her dietetic internship at St. Boniface Hospital in 1995 she went on to work at the Victoria General Hospital.
Missing the rural lifestyle and sense of community, shortly after Boundary Trails Heath Centre opened its doors in 2001, Kathryn accepted a position there as Chronic Disease Dietitian. She has been employed at Boundary Trails Health Centre and has been privileged to meet and support many of those living in the Morden, Winkler and surrounding areas for the past 16 years.
Kathryn has lived with her husband and daughter in the beautiful city of Morden for the last 15 years. She enjoys staying active by taking her dog for walks, running, biking and gardening. Kathryn also enjoys golf and traveling and doing both together with her husband whenever possible.
Rural Week Students 2017
Left-right: Jay Best, Roy Hutchings, Greg Longbottom, Nathan Wiebe
Rural Week is a one week learning experience for all first year medical students enrolled in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba. Rural Week provides an opportunity for the students to get first-hand experience and exposure to not just rural and northern medicine but rural and northern life. It is an opportunity for participating communities to showcase them selves and promote the opportunities and benefits of rural and northern medicine. These four students are participating in Rural Week with Agassiz Medical Centre.
Morden Teen Clinic
OPENS JUNE 6th
Health Care for Teens/Youth, ages 12-21
Where: Agassiz Medical Centre
When: Tuesdays 2-5:30 pm (No appointment necessary)
Enter on the North side, Boundary Trails Place entrance
For more information call: 204-822-4474
Friendly & Confidential access to medical professionals
Rural Interest Group
Morden and Winkler hosted first and second year medical students who are a part of the Rural Interest Group for a weekend workshop aimed at promoting the benefits of practicing medicine in rural communities. Thirty three U of M medical students participated in the event that took place on April 21 and 22, 2017. Students were able to participate in clinical workstations that were located at Boundary Trails Health Centre where students were able to put their skills to the test practicing everything from sutures, to putting casts on their colleagues, as well as learning pap and IUD techniques. Students also worked with a respiratory therapist and had an opportunity for a tour of the Boundary Trails Health Centre and Katie's Cottage.
Try our new Live Chat
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Since September 2016, Manitoba has been experiencing an outbreak of Mumps. As of February 10, 2017 there have been 162 confirmed cases. In recent weeks the spread of mumps has expanded throughout Manitoba and now includes cases in pre-school and school aged populations. Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living (MHSAL) would like to ensure that all parents and guardians are aware of the situation and know how to recognize the symptoms of mumps, understand how to prevent its spread and know what to do if they suspect they or their child(ren) may be infected with the mumps virus. The mumps virus can be spread to others from two to three days before symptoms appear until four to five days after symptoms appear. Some people infected with mumps may not have any symptoms at all, but can still spread the virus to other people. Please go the the following website for more information on mumps, www.gov.mb.ca/health/
Agassiz Medical Centre
Dr. Kauenhofen has joined with Morden Physiotherapy and working from their location on Wednesday mornings from 9am - 12pm. He will be accepting Walk-Ins on a first-come-first-serve basis for sports, orthopedic, muscular and skeletal injuries.
Now Offering Travel Health Clinic
Stay healthy and enjoy every moment with comprehensive advice on Travel Health from our specialty trained team!
For more information, check out our new travel health clinic page or call us at (204) 822-4474
Agassiz Medical Centre
Our dedicated team of Nurses are committed to your health and well-being. We help you communicate with your Doctor, keep you up to date with Immunizations, and perform tests to help determine the care you need. We are driven to stay on top of the most recent trends and research in health concerns and management. With individual experience in ER, Neonatal Intensive Care, Long Term Care and other areas of our health care system, there is a breadth of knowledge and caring that can help you with whatever health needs you have. If you have a question or concern about your health, we can help you out.
Combined years of Nursing experience: 154 years
Home for the Summer program
Here are this year's students. From left to right Alyssa Archibald, Aakanksha Sharma and Sara Matyas.
What it means to Agassiz Medical Centre
The ‘Home for the Summer’ Program hosted by Agassiz Medical Centre and Boundary Trails Health Centre allows 1st year medical students to see and experience what rural medicine entails. It gives the students a better understanding of the difference between rural and urban practices. Without this exposure, many students may not realize the quality of healthcare rural facilities can offer. We want them to appreciate that being a physician in the rural area is a worthwhile option so that they may consider coming to this area in the future.
As part of the Home for the Summer program, the students were required to work on a designated project that was given to them by Agassiz Medical Centre. The project information that they collected when doing their projects is now being used to improve the quality of patient care offered by Agassiz Medical Centre. The students also received a wage as a joint effort between Agassiz Medical Centre, Southern Health and the Office of Rural & Northern Health as this was considered their summer job position.
Agassiz Medical Centre looks forward to being part of this program again if the opportunity presents itself.
Did you know…
…that Boundary Trails Health Centre is a Clinical Teaching Unit?
Established in 2011, the Boundary Trails Family Medicine Enhanced Distributed Education Centre serves the communities of Morden and Winkler. Residents spend 24 weeks of their first-year Family Medicine Block Time and many of their second-year rotations in either Morden and Winkler, and at the nearby Boundary Trails Health Centre. For family medicine training, residents are paired with a primary preceptor at their busy fee-for-service clinic at the Agassiz Medical Centre or the C.W. Wiebe Medical Centre. Physicians at these clinics have specialty training in areas such as chemotherapy, women's health, obstetrics, hemodialysis, addiction medicine, palliative care, emergency medicine and anesthesia.
During residency in the Boundary Trails CTU, residents work with:
- 1:1 preceptor to resident ratio
- 53 family physicians
- palliative care
- sports medicine
- six surgeons (gen and ortho)
- three radiologists
- allied health staff
- local populations
- other learners, residents, and medical students
Advance Care Planning
None of us know what tomorrow will bring, or can predict what might become of our health. But there is a way to ensure you have a say in health-care decisions that lie ahead, should there come a time when you are unable to speak for yourself.
It’s called Advance Care Planning.
Advance care planning is way to help you think about, talk about and share your thoughts and wishes about future health care. It gives you a “voice” in decision making, helps you determine who would communicate for you if you are unable to communicate for yourself and should include conversations with your health care team.
Everyone should have a say in their health care. When should I consider advance care planning? Now! It is important to take part in conversations about advance care planning before you become seriously ill. Planning will ensure that if an unexpected event occurs, your treatment wishes are known.
Plan ahead today to ensure that your wishes are known, no matter what the future holds for your family and your health.
Talk to your doctor or visit www.wrha.mb.ca