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                           Sunrise Health Region is part of the provincial Saskatchewan Health Authority 
Health Services: Primary Health Care

Primary Health Care Sites in Sunrise Health Region:

Canora Primary Health Care                                Phone: 306-563-5557

Foam Lake Primary Health Care                          Phone: 306-272-3325

Langenburg Primary Health Care                        Phone: 306-743-2446

Norquay Primary Health Care                              Phone: 306-594-2903

Preeceville Primary Health Care                          Phone: 306-547-3098

Sunrise Health & Wellness Centre in Yorkton     Phone: 306-786-6363

Primary health care is the day-to-day care needed to protect, maintain or restore our health. For most people it is both the first point of contact with the health care system and the most frequently used.  What differentiates primary health care from the traditional medical clinic and hospital services model is that it is team-based care, ideally delivered with most services under one roof, and wil clients able to access entry to the services they need from a variety of providers.

Primary health care can offer tremendous benefits to the health of Canadians and Canada’s health care system. Primary health care is about:

• Preventing people from becoming ill or injured
• Managing chronic conditions
• Making the most effective use of health provider expertise
• Treating acute and episodic illness
• Efficiency and coordination
• Access
• Individuals playing an active role in their own health care
• Understanding that factors outside the health system can influence individual and community health

Primary health care is complex, however it can be described using the following four key pillars or elements:

Teams: Health care providers work in teams to improve the continuity of care, reduce duplication and ensure Canadians have access to appropriate health professionals. Patients/clients are a part of the team, and are involved in making decisions about their own health.

Access: Primary health care is about ensuring that Canadians have greater access to the right services when and where they are needed. It recognizes that Canadians need advice, information and care outside of regular office hours.

Information: Primary health care is about improved sharing of information between health care providers and expanded access to information for Canadians using the health system or seeking health advice. It’s about using tools like electronic health records and diagnostic instruments to improve the quality, access and co-ordination of health information.

Healthy Living: Healthy living encompasses prevention of illness and injury, the management of chronic illness, encouraging support for self-care and the idea that factors outside of the health system can influence individual and community health.

What is a Registered Nurse (Nurse Practitioner) – RN(NP)?

RN(NP)s are registered nurses (RN)s with enhanced knowledge of nursing, gained through additional clinical practice, education and experience.  They work in an expanded role by diagnosing and treating common illnesses, including ordering diagnostic tests and prescribing medication.  They work with physicians and other health professionals as part of a Primary Health Care team.  RNs licensed as RN(NP)s do not require delegation of medical function procedures for their legislated scope of practice.

What is the role of a RN(NP) in Primary Health Care?

The RN(NP) provides: health education, teaching, illness and injury prevention services, assess and counsel well clients; assess, diagnose, and treat clients with common illnesses and clients with stable chronic conditions; perform minor surgical and invasive procedures; order, perform, receive and/or interpret reports of screening and diagnostic tests; prescribe and/or dispense drugs; play a significant role in coordination of client services, monitoring and follow-up, developing programs, and assessing individual and community health needs; and work collaboratively with a physician and other members of the Primary Health Care team.

The RN(NP) will not replace the physician but rather bring his/her own unique skills to the team and  stimulate community development by collaborating with community inter-agency teams to address health care concerns.

The role of the RN(NP) will vary depending upon the needs of the community and the skills of the nurse and other team members.

Why add an RN(NP) to the Primary Health Care team?

The knowledge gained from the demonstration sites indicates that the RN(NP) is an important team member in moving Primary Health Care forward.