In each of our public meetings, as part of our effort to see where health care is at, we asked three questions. 1) What is working well? This question is important because the starting place for improving our health care system is understanding what is working well. Items that fall in this category need to be supported and indeed built upon and used as models of good care to improve the system. 2) What is not working? This is an important question because it identifies where there are problems which need to be understood and addressed to improve the system. 3) Where do we need to invest? This is a critical question because it identifies areas which will need additional funding in order to correct the deficiency.
There was a good turnout for our Brandon meeting. People who came were engaged and were able to identify items in each of the three categories. A brief mention of some of these items is below: It is not exhaustive. A more complete report will come when we have finished out public meetings;
What is working well?
- - The Seventh Street Access Centre is working well.
- - Ambulance service in Brandon is quick, efficient and friendly
- - A nurse practitioner working with a doctor in Wawanesa
- - Local pharmacists as part of the health care team
- - Health care aids are playing an important role in personal care homes – they get to know the residents well and treat people well
What is not working?
- In rural communities like Boissevain, because of the way rotations work, sometimes it is difficult to find our which Emergency Room in the area is open
- There is a shortage of certain specialists in Brandon. Anaesthetists, Otolaryngologists and cardiologists were mentioned.
- People having only 15 minutes with a doctor and being able to discuss only one or two items.
Where do we need to invest to improve our health care system?
- in mental and brain health supports
- in keeping people healthy
- in a tracking system for referrals, (like with parcels sent by Fed Ex or Canada Post), so people know where in the system they are.