The recruitment of four RNs (Registered Nurses) to Biggar in October 2022 meant the Biggar and District Health Centre were finally able to restore 24/7 emergency services. Now the facility is receiving even more help.
"Three new Registered Nurses (RNs) have been recruited to Biggar & District Health Centre, providing additional support to maintain 24/7 ER services and operation of eight acute care beds in that community." shared a release from the Saskatchewan Health Authority as all RN positions have now been filled.
"One of the first five RNs from the Philippines arriving in Saskatchewan this summer has been recruited to Biggar and will begin clinical placement in October 2023 and a second will arrive in February 2024. A nurse practitioner has also been recruited to work in Biggar."
Biggar joined the list with Lanigan, Watrous, Canora, Kamsack, Wolseley, Oxbow, and Porcupine Plain.
“We are working to ensure residents of rural communities have the services they need and appreciate their ongoing patience and understanding as we work to restore and stabilize these important local health care services,” Saskatchewan Health Authority’s (SHA) Vice President Integrated Rural Health Brenda Schwan said.
The full Saskatchewan Health Authority PSA can be found here,
Nearly a year ago to the day WestCentralOnline shared a look at local healthcare. Read that story below as the government continues to "stabilize rural acute and emergency room services".