Primary Care/Public Health
Community Health Educators
Community Health Educators are local workers who assist other health care providers deliver services and programs, and assist individuals and families to access the services and programs they require. Community Health Educators are located in La Ronge, Pinehouse and Sandy Bay.
Services are available to individuals and families living with diabetes from a multidisciplinary team that may include a physician, diabetes nurse educator, dietitian, community health educator, and other health care workers. The team provides education (both individual and group) for knowledge and skills needed to manage diabetes and prevent complications, and offers ongoing follow-up as needed.
The community dietitian provides a variety of services to the communities of La Ronge, Air Ronge, Pinehouse, Stanley Mission, Sandy Bay and Southend. Examples of these services include: diabetes education, nutrition and lifestyle counselling, support for nutrition and healthy living programs and initiatives, consultations to food service providers, as well as education and partnerships with various community groups and schools.
Information about problem gambling prevention is available from the region. There is also a provincial Problem Gambling Help Line: 1-800-306-6789.
Primary Care is available at the Health Centres in Pinehouse and Sandy Bay. These are staffed by qualified nurse practitioners, with doctors visiting on a regular basis. In La Ronge, a nurse practitioner works in cooperation with the physicians at the La Ronge Medical Clinic. Residents in the Creighton area can receive primary care through the NOR-MAN Health Region in Flin Flon, Manitoba.
Health Educators offer information and activities that will assist Northerners to make choices that will help them to achieve a healthier lifestyle. This includes education that will help in prevention of substance abuse, achievement of mental well being, healthy eating, smoking cessation, healthy pregnancies and active lifestyles.
Public Health Nurses offer a variety of immunization services including:
- Child Health Clinics
- School Health Immunizations
- Influenza Vaccination Clinics
- International Travel Immunizations
- Staff Immunizations
- Adult immunizations
Needle Exchange Program
Public Health Nurses in La Ronge offer a needle exchange program for clients who require discreet and confidential provision of clean intravenous supplies as well as information, education and services to enhance personal safety.
Pre and Post Natal Care
Public Health Nurses offer one-on-one prenatal counselling and referrals as appropriate. In La Ronge, group prenatal classes are offered, as well, and a Breastfeeding Support Group meets once a month.
All postpartum clients are followed up upon discharge from hospital. Visits include weighing the baby, education, support, and referral where necessary.