Effective Monday, October 3, 2016, an additional five beds will be available for inpatient admissions at the Parkland Integrated Health Centre in Shellbrook. This means that 15 of the 20 inpatient rooms will be available for admission at the facility.
“We are pleased that our staffing levels will now permit us to have 15 inpatient beds available,” said Carol Gregoryk, Vice-President Integrated Health Services. “Work continues with our staff members and physicians to ensure we have appropriate staffing for the provision of safe patient care.”
Temporary staffing challenges for Registered Nurses resulted in a decision to temporarily reduce inpatient capacity by a total of 10 beds from 20 in late August. Five beds remain closed, and the health region will continue to reviewing staffing levels, with the goal to resume full inpatient capacity at the facility.
The Emergency Department at the facility continues to be open 24-hours, and will have a physician on-call. While the Emergency Department remains open, there may still be times when ambulances will bypass the facility due to patient need. This would result in patients being taken to Prince Albert or Saskatoon.
While the health region is utilizing nurses through contract agencies, unexpected short-term leaves of absence have created challenges to appropriately staff the hospital.
“We understand the concerns of community members who have shown tremendous support for this facility. The health region is committed to reopening all inpatient beds once we are able to ensure stable staffing levels are adequate to provide safe patient care,” Gregoryk said.
The decision does not affect the long-term care portion of the facility.
The health region will review available staffing on ongoing basis to determine when there is appropriate and consistent staffing available to increase inpatient capacity. The challenge in recruiting Registered Nurses has been problematic for more than a year. Recruitment efforts are ongoing, including changes to the health region’s incentives for rural nursing and temporary positions. The health region has also been supported by the local physician recruitment committee, which is expanding its mandate to support the recruitment of nurses.
For more information or to arrange interviews contact:
Doug Dahl, Communication Officer
306-765-6409 or 306-961-6217