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Morden Community Thrift Store donates $3000!

June 26, 2018 Julia Thiessen News
Morden Community Thrift Store donates $3000

A big thank you to The Morden Community Thrift Store who donated $3000 to the Agassiz Medical Centre Community Board to purchase a Digital Platform Scale with Handles and Blood Pressure Cuffs. The Digital Platform Scale has attached handholds to make it easier for people with mobility and balance concerns to get on and off the scale, as well as being able to hold on while being weighed. The weighing platform is low to make it easier to step on and off. There is an attached height gauge so that this can be done at the same time as the weight. This scale also has increased weight limit, allowing us to get weights up to 1000lbs. Overall this will help us better serve our elderly and less mobile patients to better determine their health needs.

The Blood Pressure Cuffs allow patients to take home the Blood Pressure machines for two week periods of time. We have several Blood Pressure Machines available for patients to use on request by their physician. The cuffs that originally came with the Blood Pressure Machines are standard sizes and do not fit all patients properly. With the purchase of a variety of different sizes it allows patients to get a better fit when doing a blood pressure reading at home.

Home for the Summer program

May 29, 2018 Julia Thiessen News
2018 Summer Program
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.

2018 Patient Walking Challenge

April 16, 2018 Julia Thiessen News
2018 Patient Walking Challenge

May 1 - June 30

Morden to Sydney Mines Cape Breton and Back.
Approximately: 9,809,973 steps return

Register At Agassiz Reception Desk.
You can drop off weekly walking totals
OR Ask reception how to report your totals ONLINE!

PRIZES

Update your steps weekly to be entered for weekly gift card prizes
Achieve more than a 50 000 step total and be eligible for Grand Prizes

Advance Care Planning

April 16, 2018 Julia Thiessen News
Advance Care Planning

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Right to Access

April 16, 2018 Julia Thiessen News

A Right to Access (RTA) is a form that you can fill out that will permit access to specific parts of your medical record to whomever you deem appropriate.

The Personal Health Information Act (PHIA) is in place to protect your health information and restricts access to your health information unless you have otherwise given consent. In only very specific instances can we release any information to anyone without your consent. The Right to Access form is for you to give written consent to specific people to access certain areas of your health information.

The Right to Access will be kept here, on file electronically, until you determine it’s no longer valid.

You do not have to give access to everything. There are a variety of levels of authorization such as allowing someone else to be aware of your medical appointments or your lab results. Or you may choose to give full level access, the choice is yours.

Many times this form is used between spouses and family members. For example, without a RTA, our staff cannot disclose your appointment time/date to your spouse if we are trying to contact you. Another common use is for an RTA to be in place between adult children and their elderly patients.

Please request a copy of our Right to Access form to review your options or fill one out to have on file.

For more information on PHIA or RTA, please ask a staff member or visit: https://www.gov.mb.ca/health/phia/index.html

Asthma, do you take it seriously?

April 3, 2018 Julia Thiessen News
Asthma, do you take it seriously?

Most Canadians have uncontrolled asthma according to the Canadian Lung Associations ASTHMA CONTROL IN CANADATM SURVEY 2016. It also reveals that most asthmatics may not take asthma seriously as a chronic respiratory disease.

Currently there are 2.4 million Canadians live with asthma, with an estimated 317 new diagnosis’ of asthma every day1. Asthma accounts for 70, 000 Emergency room visits per year in Canada1.

So what does controlled asthma look like;
1) Daytime symptoms of wheeze, cough and SOB less than 3 times per week,
2) Not missing any school or work due to asthma symptoms,
3) Exercise and physical activity is not affected by asthma symptoms,
4) Asthma symptoms disturb sleep 1 night per week or less
5) Rescue medication, Salbutamol also known as Ventolin or the blue puffer is used less than 4 times per week.

Unfortunately the survey revealed that 90% of patients diagnosed with asthma are not controlled and they are suffering with symptoms frequently or even constantly.

Where does the problem lie? The survey indicates that 14% of asthmatics admit that they do not use their medications as prescribed by their family physician; this is equal to 336,000 Canadians1. Asthma control medications only work if used on a daily basis therefore if they are not being used as prescribed they can not effectively control the inflammation in the airways of the lungs.

Currently 25% of Canadians living with asthma smoke, vape, or use e-cigarettes1. Inhaling irritants into their airways can cause further inflammation in the airways of the lungs and this can make controlling symptoms harder and often leads to a loss of asthma control.

How can we correct the problem? An increase in knowledge around; asthma as a disease, the medications used to control it and the symptoms that occur when it is not controlled, may go along way to helping Canadians. There is no cure for asthma at this time, but with the right treatment and an asthma action plan; someone living with asthma can identify warning signs that indicate their asthma isn't controlled and then they can take measures to correct this. Every person living with asthma should be able to live a normal life that is mostly symptom free.

The best place to start if you feel your asthma is not controlled is to speak with your family physician. In Morden and Winkler we do have access to certified respiratory educators who can educate patients on their asthma and how to manage it appropriately.

Asthma is a serious chronic disease that still kills 250 Canadians every year, and taking care of your asthma should be taken seriously.

1 - 2016 Asthma Control Report Survey. Leger.

Morden Collegiate Health Clinic

February 27, 2017 Julia Thiessen News
Morden Collegiate Health Clinic

The Morden Collegiate Health Clinic is a cooperative partnership of the Western School Division, Southern Health-Santé Sud and Agassiz Medical Centre. It operates as a satellite clinic, an extension of the Agassiz Medical Centre and is staffed with a nurse practitioner (NP).

The NP serves over 525 students from the Morden Collegiate, working collaboratively with public health nurses, school counsellors, mental health workers and other allied health professionals. This partnership reduces barriers to care. By providing accessible care in school, health-related class absences are minimized.

Services

Services available to the students are similar to a medical clinic. The health clinic facilitates a range of basic health care services, which include:
- physicals and checkups
- treatment of minor/acute injuries and illnesses
- bloodwork and specimen collection
- diagnostic testing
- prescriptions and immunizations
- counselling for mental health
- reproductive health
- health education and disease prevention
- referrals to other health professionals or specialists

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Morden Collegiate Health Clinic

Thank you Morden Community Thrift Store for donating $9,600

October 18, 2017 Julia Thiessen News
Morden Community Thrift Store donates $9600

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!

September 18, 2017 Julia Thiessen News
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.

www.agassiz.bleen.ca

Rural Week Students 2017

June 5, 2017 Julia Thiessen News
Jay Best, Roy Hutchings, Greg Longbottom, Nathan Wiebe

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.

Rural Interest Group

May 2, 2017 Julia Thiessen News
Award

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

April 11, 2017 Julia Thiessen News
Chat

Need another way to reach us? Try our new Live Chat that will be open during our clinic hours depending on staff availability. Enter your name and email address on the pop up and start a conversation with us and we will assist you. Icon not there? Live Chat not available at that time.

Mumps

March 14, 2017 Julia Thiessen News
Mumps

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

March 14, 2017 Julia Thiessen News
Doctor Kauenhofen

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

November 16, 2016 Julia Thiessen News
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

August 29, 2016 Julia Thiessen News
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

Did you know…

April 20, 2016 Julia Thiessen News
Boundary Trails Health Centre is a Clinical Teaching Unit

…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

Specialists in:
- addictions
- anesthesia
- dialysis
- obstetrics
- oncology
- 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

November 30, 2015 Julia Thiessen News
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

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