Preeceville physician to relocate to Alberta

Dr. Morteza Shahrestani has indicated he will be leaving the community of Preeceville in late 2018 for personal reasons. The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is in the process of recruiting his replacement and developing plans to ensure appropriate coverage is in place prior to his departure, according to a SHA release.

“I am saddened to leave Preeceville because we have enjoyed being a part of the community. It has been friendly, respectful and supportive. We are leaving to be closer to friends and family in Alberta,” said Dr. Shahrestani. “It has been a pleasure to provide care at the Preeceville Primary Health Care Clinic. The staff are beyond amazing and professional. I have enjoyed working within a primary care team that ensures a constant effort to improve quality of care. This model of care has provided better access to primary health care and urgent/emergent care and I believe that it will attract future physicians to the area.”

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Dr. Shamsher Singh, Dr. Catherina Meyer and nurse practitioner Dawn Kennedy remain in the community and will work together, and with the SHA, to ensure that there is no disruption of services during the transition, said the release.

“I would like to thank Dr. Shahrestani, on behalf of the Saskatchewan Health Authority, for his service in the community over the last two and a half years,” said Jacquie Holzmann, executive director of primary health care for the SHA in Yorkton. “Dr. Shahrestani arrived in the community in February of 2016 and has been an essential part of our ability to offer a predictable and sustainable model of care to the community of Preeceville and surrounding area. He will be greatly missed. With his upcoming departure, our focus is on continuing to provide stable services for the community.”

The Preeceville and District Health Centre emergency room is in operation from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Friday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Ambulance services continue to be provided around the clock, seven days a week, said the release

For non-emergency care, physician and nurse practitioner appointments are available Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday by calling the Preeceville Primary Health Care Clinic at 306-547-3098.

For 24 hour health advice or mental health and addictions support, call HealthLine at 811.