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Ambulance strike

publisher May 17, 2018 - 10:11am

The Paramedics serving Cornwall and the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry have begun legal strike action as of 6 a.m. on Thursday, May 17.

As a result, fewer ambulances and paramedics will be maintaining emergency service coverage.

Cornwall SDG Paramedic Services asks that only those patients with urgent and emergent health issues call for an ambulance.

During the day, three ambulances staffed by union employees will respond to urgent and emergent calls. Overnight, two union-staffed ambulances will be available. This is a reduction from the normal compliment of nine ambulances during the day and six at night. This arrangement is consistent with the Essential Services Agreement.

Please call 911 for ambulance assistance if it is needed for severe emergencies such as shortness of breath, chest pain, major traumatic injury or unconsciousness.

Alternatives to calling 911 include taking a personal vehicle or taxi to the hospital, calling Telehealth Ontario toll-free at 1-866-797-0000, visiting a pharmacy, clinic, or doctor.

“We have reached out to our partners, including area hospitals, fire services, police and taxi companies to ask for their assistance in responding to non-emergency calls during the strike,” said Bill Lister, Chief of Cornwall SDG Paramedic Services. “We hope this will allow us to focus on emergency calls only.”

During strike action, no routine transfers will take place. In the event of a major emergency, striking paramedics will be called onto the job.

Let's talk

publisher Jan 25, 2018 - 10:32am

Join the conversation. That is the invitation Dr. Suzanne Filion is extending in preparation for Bell Let’s Talk Day 2018, which is set for Wednesday, January 31.

One of the experts on the Let’s Talk team, the Alexandria psychologist is urging everyone to join the dialogue that is leading the world in confronting the stigma around mental illness and sharing ideas to move mental health forward. More details in the January 24 edition of The News.

Winchester hospital smoke-free

publisher Dec 19, 2017 - 2:00pm

Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) will be completely smoke-free starting January 1, 2018. Individuals can no longer smoke anywhere on hospital property, including in vehicles in our parking lots.

"WDMH is committed to building healthier communities and to fostering a safe, healthy workplace," explains Cholly Boland, CEO.

All Ontario hospitals must comply with the Smoke-Free Ontario Act and the Electronic Cigarettes Act which ban smoking on all hospital properties. The new rules apply to the smoking of tobacco, medical marijuana and e-cigarettes (smoking/vaping). Everyone is required to leave hospital property to smoke. As well, smoking is not permitted within 60 feet of the public school, playground or sports field.

WDMH provides support to patient and staff who wish to quit smoking. Smoking cessation programs are also offered through family physicians and the Eastern Ontario Health Unit. Visit MyQuit.ca for more information.

The local public health unit is responsible for enforcing the law and carries out inspections and responds to smoking complaints. Individuals can be fined up to $1,000 for a first offence. The hospital can also be fined, up to $100,000, for a first offence.

If you would like to provide comments or suggestions about hospital services, please contact Cholly Boland, President and CEO, Winchester District Memorial Hospital at 613-774-1049 or by email at cboland@wdmh.on.ca

EOHU warns of presence of carfentanil in local street drugs

publisher Oct 30, 2017 - 8:39am

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit is warning residents that carfentanil, an extremely dangerous opioid, may have been added to some local street drugs.

A urine sample tested positive for the highly toxic variation on fentanyl, an opioid that has been responsible for a dramatic increase in fatal overdoses across the country.

A miracle in Maxville

publisher Oct 3, 2017 - 9:20am

VSA: Vital signs absent. When Maxville firefighters got that alert on a June day in 2016, they swung into action. Trevor Stanton, now 78, had no pulse after going into cardiac arrest. Today, he is back playing the saxophone and thanking the people who saved his life.

Read this incredible story in our Salute to Firefighters inside the October 4 edition.

Second case of West Nile virus

publisher Aug 30, 2017 - 9:02am

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) is confirming the summer’s second human case of West Nile virus in the region. Mosquitoes in the area served by the health unit tested positive for the virus in July, and a first human case was confirmed earlier in August.

“West Nile virus remains a concern in our area,” says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health at the EOHU, adding that “residents should be aware and take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their families, particularly for the next six to eight weeks while mosquitoes are still active.”

Confirmed case of West Nile Virus

publisher Aug 11, 2017 - 12:44pm

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) is confirming the summer's first human case of West Nile virus in the region. Mosquitoes, in the area served by the health unit, tested positive for the virus in July, but human cases had only occurred in other regions of the province.

"This first human case of the summer shows that West Nile virus remains a concern in our area," says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health at the EOHU, adding that "residents should be aware and take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their families."

35 opioid deaths in region

publisher Aug 9, 2017 - 9:51am

Eastern Ontario is not immune to the devastating effects of opioids, stresses the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.

"There is a perception among some people that there has never been an opioid-related death in Cornwall, however, this is not accurate at all," states Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health. "In fact, in the Cornwall area, our ER visit rates related to opioids are higher than the provincial average and are among the highest within the Champlain Local Health Integration Network area."

According to local data, there have been at least 35 opioid-related deaths in the Eastern Counties (including Cornwall) between 2010 and 2015.

West Nile warning

publisher Jul 21, 2017 - 10:39am

Mosquitoes in our area have tested positive for the West Nile virus. However, there have been no human cases reported in our region.

“The Eastern Ontario Health Unit has been actively monitoring mosquitoes for West Nile virus” says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health. “This finding shows that West Nile virus remains a concern in our area. Residents should be aware and take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their families.”