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Here’s how to use a naloxone kit in an opioid overdose situation (VCH)

Providence Health News - Tue, 12/18/2018 - 12:33

About 200 people from all cultures, ages and backgrounds — paralleling, coincidentally, the broad demographics facing the opioid overdose — packed into the Telus tower downtown Thursday morning for a naloxone training session.

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ER doctors warn about the ‘winter surge’ at local emergency rooms (UPCC, VCH)

Providence Health News - Tue, 12/18/2018 - 12:27

Emergency room doctors are asking patients to re-think their decision to seek treatment at hospital emergency departments this winter.

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Saint Mary’s Hospital legacy lives on in New Westminster (Residential Care for Me, SPH)

Providence Health News - Tue, 12/18/2018 - 12:18

Saint Mary’s Hospital is still taking care of patients – 14 years after closing its doors on Royal Avenue.

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The kindness of strangers: Card from terminally ill patient to medical student kept for 14 years (Dr. Julia Raudzus, SPH)

Providence Health News - Tue, 12/18/2018 - 12:09

CBC Radio One's The Early Edition asked listeners to share their stories of kindness from strangers. Dr. Julia Raudzus' story is the fifth in a CBC series that airs from Dec. 10 - 14 about those moments of kindness.

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Operation Popcorn visits Cowichan District Hospital (SPH)

Providence Health News - Tue, 12/18/2018 - 11:52

Mike Bro delivered popcorn to health workers at Cowichan District Hospital for the third year in a row on Dec. 12.

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56 things to do in Metro Vancouver (LOH, SPH)

Providence Health News - Tue, 12/18/2018 - 11:44

Looking for something to do on Sunday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 56 events happening in or around Vancouver on Sunday, December 16.

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Alex Muir: Hospital, care-home policies must change so more people can access medical assistance in dying (MAiD, SPH)

Providence Health News - Tue, 12/18/2018 - 11:17

In my role as a volunteer independent witness of MAiD application requests, working for Dying with Dignity Canada, I encounter many social workers and nurses employed by Providence, almost all of whom have been supportive of MAiD.

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Put self-care at the top of your list this holiday season (BCCSU, PHC)

Providence Health News - Tue, 12/18/2018 - 11:14

The end of the year is a joyous time, but for some people it can be difficult.

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Health challenges expand one-size-fits-all approach to wellness (Linda Rankin, PHC)

Providence Health News - Sun, 12/16/2018 - 12:14

Providence Health Care isn’t new to offering health challenges to its staff. Every October during healthy workplace month, the company encourages its employees to change a habit they can easily integrate into their workday.

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How the way we talk about addiction can make it harder for people to recover (Dr. Kenneth Tupper, BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 21:12

Amanda Dick, who's being treated for drug use, says she might have sought help sooner if not for the stigma of being labelled an “addict.”

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Canadians in small towns face alarmingly higher risk of opioid overdoses (Dr. Evan Wood, BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 21:07

Canadians who live in small cities face substantially higher risks of opioid overdoses than those who live in larger centres, according to new national data that expose how poverty, unemployment and other factors are exacerbating the continuing crisis.

 

 

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Should people with mental disorders be allowed assisted death? (MAiD)

Providence Health News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 11:04

Experts the federal government charged with looking at whether people suffering only from mental disorders should be eligible for medically assisted death couldn't even agree on what evidence is relevant to the question, according to reports tabled in Parliament Wednesday.

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Long-awaited reports highlight challenges of broadening assisted-dying law (MAiD)

Providence Health News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 10:42

Canada would be venturing into barely charted waters if it were to expand its assisted-dying law to cover young teenagers and patients with mental illness or severe dementia, according to three long-awaited reports.

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The kindness of strangers: a no-strings-attached offer on a lonely flight to Vancouver (Annemarie Kaan)

Providence Health News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:30

CBC Radio One's The Early Edition asked listeners to share their stories of kindness from strangers.  Annemarie Kaan's story is the third in a CBC series that airs from Dec. 10 - 14 about those moments of kindness.

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Children deck the halls for seniors with dementia (Youville)

Providence Health News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:13

A unique partnership between a children’s centre and a dementia care home is bringing Christmas joy to many seniors this year.

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Family calls for change after death of B.C. man at St. Paul’s Hospital (SPH)

Providence Health News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 14:47

The death of a Surrey father at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver in 2016 has resulted in the coroner calling for change to the system.

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Youth centre breaks walls (Foundry)

Providence Health News - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 14:15

Renovation work is underway at the Penticton youth centre on Main Street, with a ceremony held Monday allowing youth to help out.

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UBC appoints Canada’s first cannabis professor (Dr. M-J Milloy. BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 11:52

UBC has appointed the country’s first professorship in the field of cannabis research.

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Gay men who use crystal meth need integrated care (Dr. Rob Knight, BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 13:27

The use of cheap and potent crystal methamphetamine (meth) is reaching a “crisis point in Canada” and globally, replacing opioids as the drug of choice in some areas.

 

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Doctors call for more education when it comes to prescribing cannabis (Dr. M-J Milloy, BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 12:53

In the fall of 2018, third-year medical student Yipeng Ge experienced a pot-related emergency-room consult at the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus. 

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