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New Preoperative Documents To Help Reduce Unnecessary Testing Launch Date: July 11, 2016

Routine Preoperative Tests for Adult Patients Undergoing Elective Surgery

NOTE: Primary Care Providers will also be receiving a laminated copy of Preoperative Lab Test Guidelines and the Preoperative History & Physical via mail.  

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RAPID ACCESS TO CONSULTATIVE EXPERTISE (RACE)

The Manitoba College of Family Physicians and the WRHA Mental Health Program, is introducing a new service available to Family Physicians in Manitoba. The Rapid Access to Consultative Expertise or RACE program is a telephone service that allows Family Physicians to access a psychiatry consultant for telephone advice by calling one central number.  The launch date is June 1, 2016.

For further information click here.

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Regional Endoscopy Services

Winnipeg physicians can now book endoscopies for their patients through a unified scheduling system known as Central Intake. Here are some useful links:

- Information if you are having a endoscopy
- Referral Form to be filled out by a referring physician
- Central Intake Patient FAQ
- Central Intake Provider FAQ
- List of physicians participating in Central Intake

If you are a referring office and have questions about the referral process please contact endoscopyintake@wrha.mb.ca

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Hospital Home Team – EDIS Generated Referral

Education &Trial Implementation:

The Home Care / Primary Care Hospital Home Teams, Regional Emergency Program and Decision Support have partnered to establish a process to assist Emergency Department staff with the identification of individuals who meet the utilization/eligibility criteria for the Hospital Home Team service. Please see the below memo, video PowerPoint presentation and brochure for more details.

Hospital Home Team Education & Trial Implementation - Memo

Hospital Home Team – Video Presentation

Hospital Home Team – Brochure

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PERINATAL MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS AND SERVICES

To access documents related to Perinatal Mental Health Supports & Services, please click on the links below.  

Perinatal Quick Reference Guide for Health-care Professionals

Postpartum Depression Brochure

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Information for Population and Public Health staff about ‘Perinatal/Postpartum Mental Health’ can be found at http://www.wrha.mb.ca/extranet/publichealth/services-healthy-parenting.php

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Information for the public about postpartum depression can be found on the Population and Public Health Internet site at http://www.wrha.mb.ca/community/publichealth/services-healthy-parenting.php

or on the Mental Health website at

English resource   http://www.wrha.mb.ca/prog/mentalhealth/postpartum.php

French resource   http://www.wrha.mb.ca/prog/mentalhealth/postpartum-f.php

Where the public can get help for postpartum depression

  • Talk to your Public Health Nurse (call 204-926-7000 to find your Public Health Nurse)
  • Talk to your doctor, midwife or other healthcare provider (If you do not have a doctor call the Family Doctor Connection Program at ( 204-786-7111)
  • For information about resources and supports call the Women's Health Clinic Mothers Program at 947-2422 ext. 113 or visit womenshealthclinic.org

If you are having thoughts of harming yourself or your baby, or are in crisis:

  • Go to the WRHA Crisis Response Centre at 817 Bannatyne Avenue or call WRHA Mobile Crisis Service at 204-940-1781(24 hours/7 days a week)
  • Call the Klinic Community Health Centre Crisis Line (24 hours/7 days a week) at 204-786-8686
  • Call the Manitoba Suicide Line (24 hours/7 days a week) at
    1-877-435-7170

If you need help finding resources call Health Links-Info Santé at
204-788-8200 or visit the Postpartum Depression Association of Manitoba website at www.ppdmanitoba.ca

More information on postpartum depression is available at the following sites: www.postpartum.org and www.postpartum.net

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INFECTIOUS SYPHILIS UPDATE

The WRHA has developed an Update on Infectious Syphilis, reviewing recent trends in the syphilis outbreak, particularly with regards to the rise in female cases.

An Infectious Syphilis Management Tool has also been developed, to help providers in the clinical and laboratory diagnosis and management of syphilis cases.

Laminated hard copies of the Management Tool can be ordered by faxing or emailing the ORDER FORM to 204-942-6212 or informationresources@gov.mb.ca.

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INTERPROFESSIONAL TEAM DEMONSTRATION INITIATIVE (ITDI) TOOLKIT

The development of collaborative interprofessional teams within primary care is a strategy that has been used nationally in Canada for more than a decade. Primary care teams that incorporate providers such as physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners and allied health workers are desirable for several reasons. One is the complementary nature of these team members’ expertise to that of family physicians and their ability to contribute to comprehensive quality patient-centered care. Another is the ability to increase primary care access to address the difficulty many Manitobans experience in finding a family physician to accept them as a patient and provide them with ongoing comprehensive and continuous primary care.

The development of this provincial toolkit is to assist and support in the implementation of interprofessional practitioners into fee-for-service (FFS) practices. This toolkit can be used by facilitators in all health regions to help FFS clinics explore the potential contribution and impact of various team members, select a provider, and successfully incorporate them into clinic practice as part of an interprofessional team.

This toolkit was developed within the Winnipeg Health region, but is intended to be a resource for all of the health regions in Manitoba. This is a flexible document which provides several guiding principles and resources, and our hope is that all regions will benefit from it.

To find out more and to view the toolkit as a PDF, click on the link below:

 ITDI Toolkit

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BREAST IMAGING DIRECT REFERRAL

EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 2, 2015:  As part of Manitoba’s In Sixty Cancer Action Initiative, patients requiring diagnostic breast imaging will now benefit from a Direct Referral process. This new process will come into effect on February 2, 2015. 

To support Direct Referral for Breast Imaging, a new Provincial Breast Imaging Form has been developed and will be shared with Primary Care/Ordering Physicians.

What is Direct Referral?

Breast imaging patients requiring more tests following an imaging appointment will be directly referred to their next appointment. The Radiologist will include the following in their report: what test is needed, where it will be performed and the level of suspicion to ensure physicians are involved in their patient’s care.  Patients with high suspicion will have their appointments expedited to meet the IN SIXTY Cancer Action timelines.

To Find out More: Click on the links below to read the information online:

Primary Care Provider FAQ

Requisition Form

Questions?

Diagnostic Services Manitoba: Client Services Department at 1-866-633-1787 or dsmclientservices@dsmanitoba.ca

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PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS WORKING IN PRIMARY CARE:

The Winnipeg Health Region, together with Manitoba Health has been evaluating the impact of having Physician Assistants work in primary care.  To read about the findings, click on the link below:

Summary Implementation Evaluation Report

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MIDDLE EAST RESPIRATORY SYNDROME - CORONOVIRUS (MERS Co-V) INFORMATION

Below is a link for a Middle East Respiratory Syndrome – Coronavirus (MERS Co-V) Quick Reference Sheet for Community settings.  Also listed is a document with MERS Co-V background information for those who are interested.  These are being sent on behalf of the WRHA Infection Prevention and Control Program Team.

There have NOT been cases in Manitoba (or Canada) to date.  This is being sent to facilitate preparation, should the situation change.  Although the risk to Manitobans is currently low, clinicians should be alert for possible importation of MERS-CoV. 

Important actions at this time include enhanced vigilance, rapid notification and appropriate IP&C practices for patients/clients who present with signs/symptoms of severe acute respiratory infection (broad scope to signs/symptoms of acute respiratory infection).  From here, the focus can be narrowed to those patients with the travel history/exposure, and so on, to determine MERS-CoV versus other severe acute respiratory infection.  

Please feel free to contact Chantelle Riddle-Yarycky at criddleyarycky@wrha.mb.ca or (204) 833-1743 with any questions or concerns.  

CHS (MERS Co-V) Quick Reference Sheet

MERS Co-V Background – Situation Information

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DISABILTY AND HEALTH SUPPORTS UNIT (DHSU)

The Department of Family Services and Jobs and the Economy have collaborated to create a new unit - The Disability and Health Supports Unit, effective July 1, 2014.

The Disability and Health Supports Unit offers a streamlined, one-stop-shop to help eligible program participants throughout Manitoba access the disability and health-related supplies and equipment they need in a consistent, fair, efficient manner.

Click here to view the letter sent to community partners.

Click here to get more information and to access forms.

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CRISIS RESPONSE CENTRE:

INFORMATION FOR FAMILY PHYSICIANS

Winnipeg’s Mental Health Crisis Response Centre (CRC) is an innovative addition to the mental health service system and offers a unique combination of walk–in, outreach and scheduled crisis services for Winnipeg adults

Click here to read the CRC Information Sheet

Click here to read the Guide for Family Physicians

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LANGUAGE ACCESS INTERPRETER SERVICES

WRHA Language Access has provided the services of qualified trained interpreters (spoken, non-Aboriginal languages) for approximately 50,000 health and social service encounters since its inception in 2007.

These services (in-person, over-the-phone, or via MBTelehealth) are:

  • Critical in reducing barriers between primary care providers and patients/clients who do not share a common language.
  • Provided at no cost to WRHA and WRHA-funded facilities, programs and services, CancerCare Manitoba, WRHA funded dental services, and fee-for-service physicians.
  • Available on a cost-recovery basis to government departments (provincial and federal) as well as other organizations.

For additional information and the Request/Confirmation/Cancellation form, see the links below:

Letter to Health Care Providers

LAIS Request/Confirmation/Cancellation Form

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SYPHILIS LETTER TO HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS

The Winnipeg Health Region (WHR) is experiencing an outbreak of infectious syphilis.  There have been over 40 cases reported in the first ten months of 2013, which is more than double last year’s rate.

Click here for a one page letter to health care providers with information on testing, treatment and reporting.

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The Section of Pediatric Gastroenterology at the Children’s Hospital in Winnipeg Announcement

Click here for more details

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NEED A PALLIATIVE CARE CONSULT?

Health-Care Professionals are Available 24-7

Health professionals experienced in managing complex palliative care issues are available 24 hours a day for consultation with other health-care professionals to assist in the care of adults and children with life-limiting illness, and to support health-care teams involved in their care.

For 24 hours a day consultation phone numbers and more information click here.

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INTRODUCING PRIMARY CARE CONNECTORS

Manitoba Health is working with the various professional colleges and associations, and a number of individual physicians and nurse practitioners in Manitoba to help identify ways to better connect Manitobans to primary care. A key part of this strategy includes enhancements to the Family Doctor Connection Program that will be fully operational by September 2013.

To read more from Manitoba Health, click HERE.

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BARIATRIC SURGERY REFERRAL FORM

The Bariatric Surgery Referral Form is now available for use.

Click HERE to access the form.

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FAMILY MEDICINE OBSTETRICS NETWORK (FMON)

The Family Medicine Obstetrics Network (FMON) was established in 2012 by a group of family physicians dedicated to the delivery of low-risk, family-centred obstetrical care in Winnipeg. It provides an option for women who would like an alternative to either an obstetrician or midwife. It also provides another referral option for family physicians who do not provide intrapartum care. Referral can occur either early or late (see referral form guidelines for details). Women and their babies will return to the referring family doctor after delivery. 

FMON will accept low-risk pregnancies only—this means referrals of women with pre-existing diabetes, GDM on insulin, addiction issues, twins, VBACs, or elective repeat caesarean sections will not be accepted.

Presently, FMON has over 20 participating family physicians practicing in a variety of locations across the city. There are two call groups, one for deliveries at St. Boniface General Hospital and one at Women’s Pavilion, Health Sciences Centre.

You may select a preferred site of delivery (SBGH or HSC) and a preferred provider. The FMON intake coordinator will assign an FMON physician if you do not make a specific selection, or if the preferred provider is unable to accept more referrals. 

CLICK HERE FOR BIOS of FMON PHYSICIANS

Referral to an FMON physician can easily be made by completing a referral form available on the website, or on Accuro EMR, and faxing it to the FMON Intake Office at 204.233.2214.

CLICK HERE FOR REFERRAL FORM

If you have questions about FMON, please contact Dr. Sarah Kredentser, Medical Director at skredentser@sogh.mb.ca   or 204.632.3203. You may also contact Gloria Elgar, FMON Intake Coordinator at GELGAR@sbgh.mb.ca   or 204.235.3925.

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WRHA CARDIAC SCIENCES CATHERTERIZATION LAB                  IMPROVEMENTS

Click HERE to view the letter that was distributed to all specialists and family physicians in Manitoba and northwest Ontario.

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HEADS UP?! USE A CONDOM

To encourage greater condom use among especially younger youth, Heads Up?! was developed as a social marketing campaign aimed specifically at youth aged 15 to 19.

Brand new video, print, and radio ads have been developed and will be launched in various media on October 22, 2012. The Heads Up?! brand has been retained, but the creative campaign has been refreshed.

If you’re interested in receiving campaign materials for your site, or if you have any questions, you can contact Craig Ross (Program Specialist – WRHA Population and Public Health) at cross4@wrha.mb.ca.

For more detailed information, please click here.

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REGIONAL PULMONARY REHABILITATION PROGRAM

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs have been augmented across the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.  The existing programs have been expanded and enhanced, and a new program location has been added to improve access for community-dwelling patients. 

There is one Pulmonary Rehabilitation Central Intake telephone number (204-831-2181) and fax number (204-940-8633) where referrals are received and distributed to the appropriate program location based on the client’s home address.  The Central Intake Line will be open to receive referrals commencing September 10th, 2012. 

For more detailed program and referral information please see the letter to health care providers below and a copy of the referral form to be copied and used as required. 

Letter to Health Care Providers

Pulmonary Rehab Program Referral Form

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Alzheimer’s Society of Manitoba - First Link® Referral Program

The First Link® referral program provides an opportunity for health care providers and other professionals to refer people with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia and their families to the Alzheimer Society for support, information and education.

For more information about this program and the referral process, please visit the Alzheimer’s Society of Manitoba’s website at http://alzheimer.mb.ca/firstlink2.html or to download the referral form please click here.

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PERINATAL MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS AND SERVICES

To access documents related to Perinatal Mental Health Supports & Services, please click on the links below.  

Perinatal Quick Reference Guide for Healthcare Professionals

Postpartum Depression Brochure

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SHARED MENTAL HEALTH CARE PROGRAM EVALUATION REPORT

The Program was established in 2003 and was implemented with the WRHA directly operated clinics. At the same time the program was introduced on a small scale into a small number of fee-for-service practices.

In 2008-09 the Shared Care Mental Health Program significantly expanded into the fee-for-service environment, with around 100 Family Physicians (alternate funded and fee-for-service) and 10 nurse practitioners participating. The number of Counsellors and Psychiatrists doubled and there was a shift in the administrative staff of the program. This expansion marked a dramatic change in the delivery of mental health within primary care, and in the region’s role of providing interprofessional support and operational resources to fee-for-service practices. It is within this context that this evaluation was undertaken.

To read the full PDF report please click HERE

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NEWEST WEBPAGES ON PRIMARY HEALTH / PRIMARY CARE IN MANITOBA:

New Website on Primary Care: http://www.gov.mb.ca/health/primarycare/index.html                     

This includes links to the Mobile PC Bus, QuickCare, Advanced Access, Physician Manager Institutes, PIN, Primary Care Information Collaborative and TeleCare (that includes links to other self-management resources)

New Website on Primary Care Networks in Manitoba: http://www.gov.mb.ca/health/pcn/index.html

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NEW WAYFINDING SYSTEM AT HSC

HSC has introduced a new signage and wayfinding program. As a result, some of the destinations you are accustomed to may have changed.

Click here to see the attached maps and keys for further information.____________________________________________

PHYSICIAN CAREER INFORMATION FOR FAMILY MEDICINE/PRIMARY CARE

Please see the brochure here

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EVIDENCE-BASED CLINICAL GUIDELINES FOR IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES   (Canadian Medical Association Journal)

The Canadian Collaboration for Immigrant and Refugee Health used an evidence-based clinical preventive approach to develop guidelines in four general areas: infectious diseases, mental health and physical and emotional maltreatment, chronic and noncommunicable diseases, and women’s health. The Collaboration concludes that more work must be done to improve immigrants’ access to health services. In the meantime, it is hoped that this initiative will provide a foundation for improved preventive health care for immigrant populations.

Full article: http://www.cmaj.ca/lookup/doi/10.1503/cmaj.090313

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TONS - Transportation Options Network for Seniors

Click on the link below to access an information card for physicians in conversations with older drivers.

Information Card

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ADVANCED CARE PLANNING WEBPAGE

To see more click here

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