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Pine Falls Primary Care Clinic CLOSED Sun., Dec. 4 due to unexpected illness.

Please call Selkirk’s Quick Care Clinic for a same day appointment.
Phones answered at 9:30 a.m.
204-482-4399
In the event of a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number.
We apologize for this inconvenience.

On September 2, 2022, Interlake-Eastern RHA’s medical officer of health declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Beausejour’s East Gate Lodge Personal Care Home on the Shamrock Unit.

At this time:

  • All residents and their family members/key contacts have been advised of the outbreak.
  • All staff have been advised of the outbreak.
  • Outbreak protocols are in place in the Shamrock unit.
  • General visitation is now restricted on the Shamrock and Rose units. Designated family caregivers may still attend to the needs of residents in the Shamrock unit.

On August 31, Interlake-Eastern RHA’s medical officer of health declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Selkirk Regional Health Centre’s medicine 2 unit. An outbreak is declared when two or more patients, who are not roommates or do not share a bathroom between two patient rooms, acquire healthcare-associated infections attributed to a unit, within 10 days of each other.

At this time:

  • All patients/family members and staff have been advised of the outbreak.
  • Medicine ward general visitation is now restricted.
  • Emergency department services at Selkirk Regional Health Centre are not affected by this outbreak and we will continue to admit inpatients to the health centre.
  • Appointments for surgeries and hospital programs such as day surgery, dialysis, diagnostic imaging, lab and the community cancer program are proceeding as usual with no disruption to service delivery as a result of the outbreak.

Interlake-Eastern RHA’s medical officer of health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Pinawa Hospital.

While outbreak protocols are in place, the emergency department continues to care for patients based on scheduled physician availability. Admissions to the hospital will be restricted to patients who are recovered from COVID-19, those who are COVID-19 positive or those who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Access to the community cancer program, telehealth and physiotherapy services operating in the hospital remain unaffected by the outbreak.

Interlake-Eastern RHA’s medical officer of health declared a COVID-19 outbreak in the Crocus Unit at East Gate Lodge Personal Care Home in Beausejour on August 2, 2022. The outbreak was declared over on August 22, 2022.

July 16, 2022 – The regional medical officer of health has concluded the COVID-19 outbreak at Selkirk’s Betel Personal Care Home. The site will conclude outbreak protocols and resume general COVID-19 protocols in place at all personal care homes in the region.

Manitobans experiencing lingering symptoms consistent with post-COVID-19 conditions or Long COVID are being provided with a one-stop access to information, self-help tools and resources that will assist them in overcoming their illness and resuming their normal activities.

“Many Manitobans are feeling the effects of COVID long after they have had the disease, and this can have a negative impact in their lives beyond just feeling sick,” said Dr. Eberhard Renner, Shared Health’s provincial medical specialty lead for medicine. “Making it easier for these individuals to connect with the supports they need to address their symptoms will allow them to better manage their illness and, hopefully, recover more quickly.”

New webpages were launched Wednesday that provide patients with helpful information, advice and resources to address their symptoms. The pages – located on the Shared Health website – provide Manitobans with access to self-management tools that can help people with Long COVID manage and overcome their symptoms.

A working group that included a range of experts across several health disciplines looked at similar initiatives in other provinces to help guide the creation of the new self-management tool. The goal of their work is to make it easier for patients of all ages – or their family or caregivers – to get the help they need for post-COVID-19 health concerns, regardless of where they live in the province.

“We have included resources to help manage the most common symptoms including fatigue and weakness, shortness of breath, brain fog and mental health conditions, as well as resources created specifically for children and teens,” said Dr. Cornelia van Ineveld, a geriatrician and co-lead of the provincial Long COVID working group. “There are also links to virtual courses on topics like mindfulness, nutrition and physical activity.”

In Manitoba, patients with post-COVID-19 conditions or Long COVID are typically managed by a primary care provider – normally their family doctor or a nurse practitioner – who will refer their patients to specialists when symptoms are more serious.

The vast array of symptoms and the similarly numerous types of specialists required to treat them, combined with the fact there are people with post-COVID-19 conditions in all areas of the province, makes the new online resource the best way to ensure a suitable approach to recovery is available to all Manitobans.

“We are thrilled we can offer this one-stop shop for Manitobans dealing with COVID-related symptoms that seemingly won’t go away,” said Carrie Fruehm, director of collaborative practice with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and co-lead of the provincial Long COVID working group. “Visitors to the site will be able to access information and tools to better understand the lingering symptoms they are experiencing and how to best manage them, with an emphasis on brain health, mental health and self-care.”

Anyone who has concerns about their recovery or has persistent or stronger symptoms should talk to their health-care provider about other resources and specialized services in the community that are available by referral. Those experiencing severe symptoms – including difficulty breathing, intense chest pain, difficulty staying awake, confusion or fainting – should call 911 immediately.

Long COVID and post-COVID-19 conditions webpages

IERHA relevant resource

The COVID-19 outbreak declared on May 30 is now over. The site has resumed regular operations.

The medical officer of health has concluded the COVID-19 outbreak at Whitemouth Personal Care Home. General visitation has resumed.

Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority residents are notified of a temporary suspension of the Pine Falls Health Complex emergency department, effective immediately and for the immediate future.

Individuals seeking emergency care are directed to call 9-1-1 or their local 10-digit emergency number in the event of an emergency or they should attend Pinawa Hospital for emergency department service. Residents should continue to watch IERHA’s emergency department schedules for updates. Pine Falls physicians will be supporting the anticipated increase in demand at Pinawa Hospital by picking up shifts.

Care for inpatients at Pine Falls hospital is unchanged and the hospital will continue to admit patients in need of care. Dialysis and laboratory services remain available according to their usual schedule.

The suspension is related to a shortage of emergency department nursing staff, a situation being experienced across health systems in recent months following more than two years of prolonged pandemic response.

Interlake-Eastern RHA is focused on providing extended hours access to primary care at the Pine Falls’ clinic. Recruitment efforts to fill posted vacant nursing positions in Pine Falls will continue.

Recruitment and retention have been a top priority of the region. The region is currently seeking LPNs, RNs and health care aides and partnering with educational institutions in Manitoba to increase local training opportunities for people interested in pursuing meaningful careers in health care. Visit www.ierha.ca and click on “Careers” and “Educational Opportunities” to learn more.

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