Primary Health Care working well in Preeceville

The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) has been successful in recruiting a new physician who will be available to practice in the community beginning in October 2020.  Dr. Deb Djan will join the Primary Health Care team of Dr. Amin Lari, Dr. Catherine Meyer and Nurse Practitioner Dawn Kennedy, stated a release from the Saskatchewan Health Authority,

The primary health care team in Preeceville has had many successes since it was first implemented with the hiring of a nurse practitioner in 2009. The model of care evolved in January 2017 with enhanced access to a primary care provider seven days a week and evenings Monday to Friday when a third physician was added to the team, continued the release.  In addition, other team members continue to provide primary care as part of the overall team in Preeceville. Since January 2017, consistent and stable emergency services have been provided in the community seven days a week, with minimal service disruption during this time. The team-based primary care they are providing is key in meeting the health needs of the community. 

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Recently, Dr. Djan provided locum coverage in the community and liked how things worked within the Primary Health Care team so she decided to join the team. Dr. Djan is looking forward to joining the Primary Health Care team in Preeceville and states that, “The Primary Health Care team is a good fit for me and I am excited to soon be providing health care services to the Preeceville area.”

Preeceville is one of very few communities in rural Saskatchewan that offers extended hours and weekend access to primary care providers. This allows residents to access care for everyday health care needs with more flexibility to meet their own schedules. 

Neil Christopherson, a community member from Sturgis says, “It is good to know our health care needs can be met in the community at various times in the evening, on weekends as well as during the day. It is nice to know we don’t have to travel to other communities that are farther away to access care.” 

The vision of primary health care in Saskatchewan is to provide a health care system that is sustainable, offers a superior patient experience and results in an exceptionally healthy Saskatchewan population. Primary Health Care strives to have patients and families at the centre of their care, involve communities as essential partners, have multidisciplinary primary health care teams, prevent and manage chronic disease and engage with our partners particularly with the First Nations and Métis communities. 

The local team in Preeceville consists of physicians, a nurse practitioner, home care, therapies and public health. They are also joined by visiting services from mental health and addictions and the Healthy Living Team consisting of a nutritionist, diabetes educator and other chronic condition specialists. The co-location project in Preeceville will be going forward and will facilitate clients being able to see their health care team in one location once it is complete.

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 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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. They also have online booking now for those who would prefer this convenience.

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

“We thank the community for their support and patience as we recruited another physician to the community,” concluded the release.