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New seniors program aims to help elderly navigate local healthcare system and other supports

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For some seniors, the health care system is a bit overwhelming. Sure, there is your doctor. But, then, there are all the specialists – some are local and others you need to go to Oshawa or Peterborough or even Toronto. Then, there are the others – depending on your illness. The foot doctor. Continue Reading →

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Pandemic fatigue and uncertainty are some of the mental health challenges we face, says expert

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Statistics Canada reported recently that one in five Canadians has screened positive for symptoms of depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Visits to the emergency room at Northumberland Hills Hospital due to a mental health crisis have jumped 80 percent in the past four months. Last year, more than 36,000 people received treatment in one form or another from the Community Mental Health Service during the pandemic. The numbers are staggering. Things are expected to get worse as people return to work and children go back to school. Continue Reading →

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Hospital preparing for fourth wave and more, as new president and CEO takes the helm

Susan Walsh, president and CEO of Northumberland Hills Hospital

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As we all brace ourselves for the fourth wave of the pandemic, local health care providers are doing the same. This is an interview with Susan Walsh, the new president and CEO at Northumberland Hills Hospital. She has been on the job less than a month, but she is already preparing for the impact of the next wave. She will also tell us about her plans for the hospital going forward. Oh, and BTW, she is so new to the job, we are going to take some time to find out a bit about her. Continue Reading →

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Rotarian on a mission as concerns rise over low vaccination numbers in Northumberland

ROTARIAN SCOTT MACCOUBREY

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Anyone who has tried to organize a large group will tell you how hard it can be, especially getting everyone on the same page and coordinating people’s efforts to ensure things work. Now, imagine taking hundreds of community volunteers, an entire Rotary Club, a group of nurses, and up to nearly 1,000 people per day to be vaccinated. The logistics are mindboggling. My guest is one of many people who contributed to the imitative to create a mass clinic at the Cobourg Community Centre. The list of people deserving credit is too long to rhyme off here. Continue Reading →

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School kids face possible impacts if those eligible do not get doses, says chief medical officer

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Northumberland residents are being urged to get vaccinated before the fall to protect school children heading back to the classroom. Dr. Natalie Bocking, chief medical officer for the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, says the more adults who are fully vaccinated, the safer children will be. Currently, children under 12 are not able to get a vaccination. As Bocking explains, it is up to all eligible people to help keep them safe. “I guess part of that is when we think about schools, and we think about schools needing to reopen COVID virus infections in schools really a reflection of the amount of COVID infections happening at a community level,” Bocking said. Continue Reading →

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Vaccine appointments cancelled as residents being asked to rebook sooner to stem fall surge

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Don’t be surprised to get a notice your upcoming vaccination appointment is cancelled. It’s not that the health unit doesn’t want you to get the shot. In fact, it wants you to get it sooner. Dr. Natalie Bocking, chief medical officer for the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, says about 8,000 people with second dose appointments are scheduled for later in August, September, October, and November. Yet, these people are eligible to set their shots sooner. Continue Reading →

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Northumberland County behind on vaccinations, says chief medical officer

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The need for Northumberland County residents to get vaccinated is more urgent now than ever, according to Dr. Natalie Bocking, the chief medical officer for the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit. On Tuesday, Dr. Bocking emphasized the importance of getting 90 percent or more of the people eligible for vaccines inoculated before the fall or face serious consequences. Northumberland County is behind the rest of the regions making up the health unit’s coverage area. It is also behind the provincial average. Only 67 percent of residents have received their first dose. Continue Reading →

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Pandemic created challenges and opportunities over the past year, says hospital board chairperson

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For the past year, the pandemic has dominated the efforts of all health services in Northumberland. The hospital is a cornerstone in providing services but also been a leader throughout. Its partnerships with various agencies and institutions through the Ontario Health Team, the health unit, and others are a driving force in the county. Like so many other changes, this year’s annual general meeting was held virtually. But this did not take away from the significance of the report and what it means going forward. Continue Reading →

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Chambers of commerce in Northumberland launch free rapid screening program to assist all businesses

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The Northumberland Central Chamber of Commerce provides rapid COVID 19 screening kits to all businesses in the county. Through a collaboration with Campbellford, Brighton, and Colborne, people can apply to get these kits to test employees, an important step in preventing the spread of the virus at workplaces. The spread of COVID-19 in the workplace is one of the largest untold stories of the pandemic. Entire factories have closed. Small businesses can be crippled. Continue Reading →

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Tipping point and case surge on horizon for Northumberland if stay-at-home orders not followed

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Northumberland County is quickly reaching a tipping point when it comes to the pandemic. The new Medical Officer of Health for the region, Dr. Natalie Bocking, predicts a surge in the next few weeks. Hospitals in the county are preparing to deal with a spike in cases. Emergency plans are well underway, she said. Intensive care units across the province are filling up quickly as the third wave takes its toll. Continue Reading →

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