Pediatric ER now open 24 hours

Dr. Ron Siemens, Pediatric Emergency Physician in Saskatoon and interim provincial head of pediatrics, and Corey Miller, Vice President of Provincial Programs for the Saskatchewan Health Authority, speak to media August 13, 2019

Royal University Hospital’s (RUH’s) children’s emergency services are now operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Previously, dedicated pediatric services operated from 8 a.m. to midnight. During off hours, children were seen through the adult emergency department and a pediatrician was available on an on-call basis. Continue reading “Pediatric ER now open 24 hours”

Donation to NICU aids families of critically-ill newborns

Amy Novakovski and Tina Searcy (centre) of the BloomNICU Foundation, along with Tina’s daughter Charley Searcy, present a cheque in the amount of $71,000 to medical staff at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Royal University Hospital on Monday, August 12

A $71,000 donation to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Saskatoon will go toward the purchase of specialized equipment for critically-ill newborns and their families.

The bulk of the donation from the NICU Bloom Foundation will help purchase additional NICView cameras, allowing parents of newborns in the NICU to monitor their little loved ones around the clock, even when they’re not able to be physically at the child’s bedside. Continue reading “Donation to NICU aids families of critically-ill newborns”

Mental health help is as close as your phone

Calling 811 (Saskatchewan Health line) or 211 (a free confidential information and referral system) can connect you to counsellors

It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but for some people, it’s also the most stressful.

“We often see a bit of an increase in our work load in December,” said Tracy Muggli, Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) Mental Health and Addictions Services Director for the Saskatoon area. “Sometimes bad things happen at Christmas time.” Continue reading “Mental health help is as close as your phone”