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Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP)

 

 

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) is FREE if you qualify.

Eligibility:

• Single with income under $30,000
• Married Couple with income under $40,000 plus $2,500 for each dependent
• 1 Adult & 1 child with income under $35,000 plus $2,500 for each dependent

 

Listed are the following communities in which this service is available.

 

7th Street Health Access Centre 20 – 7th Street, Brandon

Walk-in Service
March 3 – April 28

Mondays & Fridays
11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (first-come, first-serve)

Drop Off Service
7 days a week from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Leave your information with staff and a volunteer will complete your return.  Drop-off service continues until the middle of September.

 

DROP OFF LOCATIONS BEGINNING MARCH 2

 

 

 

Birtle Medical Clinic

843 Gertrude Street

Birtle MB

204-842-3235

Adult Learning Centre

131 Main St. South

Minnedosa MB

204-867-2519

Riverdale Municipal Office

670 2nd Avenue

Rivers MB

204-328-7251

Carberry Service for Seniors

132 Main Street

Carberry MB

204-834-6613

7th Street Health Access Centre

20 7th Street

Brandon MB

204-578-4800

Border Regional Library

312 7th Avenue S

Virden MB

204-748-3862

Elkhorn Leisure Centre

10 Richhill Avenue

Elkhorn MB

204-845-2584

HAND Office/Service for Seniors

430 Brown Avenue

Neepawa MB

204-354-2220

Souris Valley Recreation Office

32 3rd Avenue W

Souris MB

204- 483-5214

Tri-Lake Health Centre

86 Ellis Drive

Killarney, MB

204-523-3230

Neepawa Public Library

280 Davidson Street

Neepawa MB

204-354-2220

 

If you have any questions please contact 7th Street Health Access Centre at 204-578-4800.

 

 

 

Birtle Medical Clinic

843 Gertrude Street

Birtle MB

204-842-3235

Adult Learning Centre

131 Main St. South

Minnedosa MB

204-867-2519

Riverdale Municipal Office

670 2nd Avenue

Rivers MB

204-328-7251

Carberry Service for Seniors

132 Main Street

Carberry MB

204-834-6613

7th Street Health Access Centre

20 7th Street

Brandon MB

204-578-4800

Border Regional Library

312 7th Avenue S

Virden MB

204-748-3862

Elkhorn Leisure Centre

10 Richhill Avenue

Elkhorn MB

204-845-2584

HAND Office/Service for Seniors

430 Brown Avenue

Neepawa MB

204-354-2220

Souris Valley Recreation Office

32 3rd Avenue W

Souris MB

204- 483-5214

Tri-Lake Health Centre

86 Ellis Drive

Killarney, MB

204-523-3230

Neepawa Public Library

280 Davidson Street

Neepawa MB

204-354-2220

World Kidney Day is March 9

World Kidney Day is March 9, 2017.  On World Kidney Day, we want people to know how important kidneys are, and that there are ways to help to keep our kidneys healthy.  The theme of World Kidney Day this year is obesity and kidney disease.  Obesity is excessive fat that may impair health.  Obese individuals have an 83% increased risk of Kidney Disease, compared to individuals with a healthy weight.  By losing weight, an obese person can improve their health and decrease his or her risk of kidney disease. 

Kidneys are important organs.  Our kidneys do the following jobs:

• filter blood to remove extra fluid and wastes from the body
• help control blood pressure
• help make red blood cells and maintain healthy bones

Kidney disease, or damage to the kidneys, is often a long-term complication of either high blood pressure or Type 2 diabetes.  If this damage worsens over the years, it can progress to Kidney Failure.  If a person has Kidney Failure, he or she will need a kidney transplant or dialysis to stay alive. Per patient, per year, hemodialysis costs over $85,000. In the Prairie Mountain Health region, there are 4 hemodialysis units.  They are located in Brandon, Dauphin, Russell, and Swan River.  Each hemodialysis treatment lasts about 4 hours.  Patients need 3 treatments each week.  In Manitoba, there are over 1200 patients on in-hospital hemodialysis.  There are also 350 people doing dialysis treatments in their homes.  Being obese may hurt your health.  Obese people are more likely to have high blood pressure and are also more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes.  80% of cases of type 2 diabetes occur in people that are obese.  In 2014, worldwide over 600 million adults were obese.  The last community health assessment (2015) found that in our health region, Prairie Mountain Health, 24% of adults were obese. Strategies for weight loss also decrease your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure and will reduce the chance of developing kidney disease. 

Be kind to you kidneys.  Try to fit some of the suggestions below into your day.

• Keep fit and active.  Try 20-30 minutes of activity daily
• Manage your blood sugar levels
• Monitor your blood pressure
• Enjoy healthy eating and keep your weight in check
• Maintain a healthy fluid intake
• Do not smoke
• Get your kidneys checked if you have one or more of the high-risk factors. High-risk factors include diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity. 

Before making major changes to the amount or type of exercises you do, please check with your doctor or nurse practitioner.  For more information about World Kidney Day visit:  www.worldkidneyday.org.

 If you would like help with weight loss, managing Type 2 diabetes, or high blood pressure, please call the Prairie Mountain Health Chronic Disease Education program at 1- 877- 509- 7852.

Replacement MRI for BRHC

PROVINCE ANNOUNCES REPLACEMENT MRI TO BE INSTALLED AT BRANDON REGIONAL HEALTH CENTRE


The Manitoba government is investing more than $3.4 million to purchase and install a replacement magnetic resonance imager (MRI) at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced today.

“Investments in replacement equipment ensure patients have access to the best possible diagnostic care,” said Goertzen.  “Once installed, the new equipment will make a real difference for patients in Brandon and the surrounding area.”

The current scanner, which provided more than 9,000 procedures last year, is more than 10 years old and needs repairs more frequently.  The new scanner will be larger, reducing problems with claustrophobia for patients and allowing technologists to scan multiple body areas without moving or repositioning the patient.

“Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) is very pleased that enhanced digital imaging capability will be available for residents of Brandon and the surrounding area,” said Dr. Shaun Gauthier, vice-president of medical and diagnostic services, PMH.  “With scans able to be done more quickly, more patients can be scanned in one day and it will ultimately improve the experience for patients as the tunnel that patients go into for their scans is much larger.”

Total costs for the project include $2.9 million in equipment costs and nearly $490,000 in capital construction costs for the installation.

MRI scanners produce images of all areas of the body and commonly include images of the brain and spinal cord, muscles, bones, connective tissue, organs such as the liver, kidneys and heart, breast, prostate and blood vessels.

A temporary mobile MRI unit will be on site near the end of March to continue to scan patients while construction and installation of the new unit takes place.

The region will be further advising patients, staff, and the general public about how people can access the mobile unit when it is ready scan patients.

Work on the installation of the new unit is expected to begin in April 2017 and completion is estimated for later this summer, the minister noted.

A communication tool for patients and family members to keep track of health information and share with health care providers.

Prairie Mountain Health strives to create tools and resources to help patients and families engage with their health care provider. The first tool we are sharing is My Patient Passport. You will hear the term patient and public engagement, this refers to the opportunity where patients, families and members of the public are encouraged to be active partners in their own clinical care and self-management. This passport will help do just that.

My Patient Passport is a booklet to help patients and family members to keep track of health information and to share this information with their health care providers. Use this passport to record and organize your healthcare journey.   This passport is owned and managed by the patient.

**Click the image to print your own patient passport.

PassportThumb

 

Tips on how to use your patient passport:

  • Fill out the booklet with your current healthcare information. Update as your health changes and date new entries.
  • Take it with you when you visit any of your healthcare providers. Keep it in a handy place.
  • Keep your information private. You are responsible for the privacy of information in this passport.

 

Finding new ways to work together is essential and an ongoing goal for Prairie Mountain Health and the region wants to ensure that the needs of patients and families are at the centre of all care.

A copy of My Patient Passport can be found at all Prairie Mountain Health facilities.  Copies are also available at participating physician clinics and pharmacies within the region.  Visit pairiemountainhealth.ca for more information or to print a copy of the passport.

 

Update on Dauphin's Emergency Department Redevelopment

Province Awards Construction Contract For Emergency Department Redevelopment at Dauphin Regional Health Centre.

A construction contract has been awarded for a $23-million project to redevelop and expand the emergency department at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced today.

“We thank patients and staff for their patience during construction and look forward to the improved emergency department,” said Goertzen.  “The new emergency department will ensure staff at the facility will be equipped to provide quality care for many years to come.”

Horizon Builders Ltd. from Brandon has been awarded the contract.  The first phase of the project will be the creation of a temporary emergency department on the main floor of the building next to the existing main entrance and emergency department.

Phase two of the project will be to renovate and expand the original location to include: • an enclosed ambulance garage; • a resuscitation/trauma care room; • treatment, exam and observation rooms; • a decontamination room; • a special care unit for extended emergency care of patients; • support space; and • a new main entry to the health centre including a driveway.

“Prairie Mountain Health is pleased this much-needed project is moving forward.  The enhanced space and layout will improve Dauphin Regional Health Centre’s ability to provide safe, quality emergency room and special care unit care,” said Penny Gilson, chief executive officer, Prairie Mountain Health.  “The redevelopment project will also provide for better access to and within the facility for patients and their families and help sustain critical services for Dauphin and area for many years to come.”

Construction is expected to begin later this spring, the minister noted.

 

 

 

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DELORAINE - Women’s Wellness Clinics for Cervical Screening at Deloraine Medical Clinic Feb 28 10am-3pm Call 204-747-2461 for an appt.
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Brandon-Teen Clinic Mar. 2nd at Crocus High School 1130am-130pm at the Room 143 (Literacy room) #TeenClinic https://t.co/V4111ov7et
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