Public Notice: NTHSSA Service Impact Update for Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Public Notice

Yellowknife Home and Community Care Program – Foot Care Services

The Yellowknife Region Home Care program operates to provide individuals with support services in the community. Homecare provides assistance with personal care needs, which may include foot care.

Due to ongoing staffing level challenges and the need for specialized training for foot care the home care team will be unable to provide services for clients who only require foot care in the community of Yellowknife.  Any clients who are referred for foot care will be assessed for home care services; those who require home care will be accepted based on level of need/acuity however Home Care will not be able to provide foot care services only. Individuals who receive foot care as part of their home care service will continue to receive this service.

For those who require foot care, but not other home care services, they may access services through local private providers.

For further information on current referrals to home care, please contact Siobhain Healy, Regional Manager of Home Care Services at 867-767-9222 ext. 41089.

Fort Resolution – Emergency Services  for August 25 and 26

Community engagement and integration is an important part of building a sustainable health and social services system, in support of these efforts the Fort Resolution health centre will be on emergency only services for the afternoons of August 25 and 26, 2022 to allow for attendance of the Cultural Day celebrations within the community.

Tuktoyaktuk – Emergency Services for August 23 – 26

The Rosie Ovayuak community health centre is on emergency services from the afternoon of August 23 through August 26 at 8pm (20:00h).

Stanton Territorial Hospital Surgical Services.

Stanton Operating Rooms continue to be operating on reduced services including:

  • A planned reduction of OR services to 50% capacity; to reduce overall volume of surgeries being done
  • Deferral of planned but elective procedures as required based on staffing levels to ensure emergency and urgent procedures are able to be prioritized and safe care maintained.

 

The NWT health and social services system continues to face pressures and service impacts related to a shortage of skilled workers in the NWT and across the country. Efforts continue to close staffing gaps through hiring of full-time residents, locum, casual and agency staff. There is also work ongoing to enhance local training opportunities, and implement immediate operational solutions to minimize staffing risks, and longer term work towards sustainable staffing, and recent announcements about new incentives for recruitment.

To ensure NWT residents have the information they need to understand service levels, the NTHSSA will continue to work to proactively identify service impacts and provide residents with notice of service changes. As always; residents can check the status of service levels at www.nthssa.ca/service-levels