Prairie North Health Region and North Saskatchewan River Health Holdings are working together to facilitate the immigration and physician assessment process for two physicians for Health Holdings clinics.
Health Holdings board members reaffirmed their commitment to working with PNHR at a Dec. 19 board meeting at the RM of Mervin office in Turtleford.
Dr. Shoaib returned from holidays Jan. 9. Board members expressed their appreciation to nurse practitioners and staff for their dedication and hard work over the time of the physician's absence.
Health Holdings clinics will continue to be short staffed until new physicians arrive. According to a press release, the public's patience and co-operation are requested during this period. There will be limited appointment availability at all three clinics and residents are advised to phone well ahead to book prescription renewals and other routine appointments.
Emergency services are not available at Turtleford's Riverside Health Centre during this time.
Conversion to a new electronic medical records program is being implemented in the New Year.
"We are moving forward to this program with the other primary care sites in our region and anticipate an increased level of care for our residents," according to the press release.
The meeting of the board is Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the RM of Mervin office.
Anyone with questions can contact the representative from their area or the Health Holdings office at 845-4144.