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Information About Ticks

Lyme Disease season is upon us once again.  The ticks that carry a bacteria that cause Lyme Disease are blacklegged ticks which  are most commonly found within and along the edges of wooded or forested habitats and in areas with thick, woody shrubs and other vegetation that provide sufficient cover and typically high humidity.

Residents and visitors to Lyme disease risk areas are strongly encouraged to take precautions to minimize their risk of exposure to blacklegged ticks, including:
• applying an appropriate tick-repellent, following label directions, on exposed skin and clothing,
• inspecting yourself, children and pets after spending time outdoors ,
• removing ticks as soon as possible from people and pets
• staying to the centre of walking trails,
• wearing long pants and long sleeved shirts and
• keeping grass and shrubs around your home cut short to create drier environments that are less suitable for blacklegged tick survival.

The signs and symptoms of Lyme disease vary and usually appear in stages.

A small, red bump often appears at the site of a tick bite and resolves over a few days. This is normal after a tick bite and does not indicate Lyme disease.

However, the following signs and symptoms may occur within a month after you've been infected:
• Rash. From 3 to 30 days after an infected tick bite, an expanding red area might appear that sometimes clears in the center, forming a bull’s-eye pattern.
• Flu-like symptoms. Fever, chills, fatigue, body aches and a headache may accompany the rash

If untreated, new signs and symptoms of Lyme infection might appear in the following weeks to months. These include a rash in other areas of your body, joint pain or neurological problems.

Only a minority of blacklegged tick bites leads to Lyme disease. The longer the tick remains attached to your skin, the greater your risk of getting the infection. Lyme infection is unlikely if the tick is attached for less than 36 to 48 hours.

If you think you've been bitten and have signs and symptoms of Lyme disease — particularly if you live in an area where Lyme disease is present — contact your doctor. Treatment for Lyme disease is more effective if begun early.

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BRHC Redevelopment Project

Work has started on the \$13.75-million Brandon Regional Health Centre (BRHC) Redevelopment Project. The medical bed expansion/redevelopment project will see 12 new medical in-patient beds created to bring the total number of beds to 60.  The project will also involve the relocation of the existing pediatric unit to the second floor Annex of the hospital to accommodate the medical bed expansion of the fourth and fifth floors.

During the current phase of the project, the 200 Annex area is now closed and there is no elevator or stairwell access to the second floor off the old General Centre elevator/stairs. The visiting/family room and washroom on the second floor are also not accessible at this time. The public is being asked to use the BRHC’s main floor atrium for these services.

The entire project, which is anticipated to take at least two and a half years, will be undertaken in various phases to limit disruption to patients, families, visitors and health-care providers.

BRHC Chief Operating Officer Brian Schoonbaert says there are many aspects to keep in mind regarding a project of this magnitude.

“As we look ahead to future renovation steps, we may face periods during construction where available beds become very tight. So in keeping with our efforts to be transparent and communicate in an open and timely fashion we would also like to provide advance notice on potential bed management/utilization strategies, which may come into effect,” Schoonbaert said.

Schoonbaert added that as part of those strategies, PMH may have to temporarily relocate appropriate patients to neighbouring facilities where they will still get the quality, safe care they need.

“This will be necessary to ensure there is appropriate access to the care that only BRHC can provide within the health region. In those particular cases any transfer would be to the nearest possible rural facility.”

PMH appreciates the patience and understanding of staff, physicians and the general public regarding temporary inconvenience the construction project may cause.  The region will provide further updates as the project proceeds through various phases.

BRHC Auxiliary Celebrates a Fundraising Milestone

Brandon Regional Health Centre Auxiliary is celebrating a milestone in its fundraising history. Donations since 1982 from the Nearly New Shop and the Gift Shop have made it possible for the Auxiliary to donate more than $4 million to enhance patient care at Brandon Regional Health Centre.  More recently, the partnership with Tim Hortons has also contributed to an increase in these donations.

Ultrasound equipment for Radiology, monitors for Emergency, an anesthetic machine for the OR, a fetal monitor and infant resuscitator for Single Room Maternity Care, and equipment for the Pain Clinic are just some examples of modern equipment made possible by the Auxiliary over the past 35 years.

These donations are made possible by the generosity of those who support The Gift Shop and Tim Hortons at Brandon Regional Health Centre and The Nearly New Shop at 601 9th Street. An amazing group of more than 100 volunteers work behind the scenes sorting, stocking and pricing items. Together, the shoppers, donors and volunteers are truly partners in providing much needed funding for patient care equipment at BRHC.  That really is something to celebrate!

Brian Schoonbaert, BRHC Chief Operating Officer shares that ``The hard work and commitment of the BRHC Auxiliary, and their numerous volunteers, have resulted in an enormous contribution to the equipment at BRHC and in turn to the care that we are able to provide to our patients.  The residents of the City of Brandon and neighbouring communities should be very grateful for their efforts of this very unpretentious yet extremely dedicated group of individuals.``

“Reaching this $4 million milestone is such a rewarding experience” states outgoing Auxiliary Chair, Marlene Brichon.  “This is truly a community effort and the credit is  shared with so many people: everyone who has been a member of the auxiliary since its inception, everyone who ever volunteered at the Gift Shop, everyone who ever volunteered at the Nearly New Shop, every person and business who donated items to be sold at the Nearly New Shop, every person who has shopped at the Gift Shop and the Nearly New Shop, every person who has supported and encouraged us in our efforts, every person and business that helped us with the maintenance of our two enterprises. Without the efforts of all these people, the money could not have been raised and the much needed equipment and bursaries could not have been purchased. The Auxiliary looks forward to your continued support as we work towards the next milestone.”



For more information contact:
Janice Meadows, BRHC Auxiliary Assistant
04.728.0708   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Westman Dreams for Kids – Children’s Country Fair featuring the DASH Tent will take place Sunday, June 5th at the Kirkcaldy Heights School grounds. 

DASH Tent is celebrating its 20 anniversary this year!! DASH Tent first started back in 1996 at Curran Park and was part of the Canada Save the Children Picnic.  It moved to Princess Park in 1997.  It joined up with Westman Dreams for Kids in May 2009 and has been part of this great event since.  This year the Children’s Country Fair featuring the DASH tent will be held on Sunday, June 5 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Kirkcaldy Heights School grounds in Brandon located on 10 Knowlton Drive next to the Sportsplex. The DASH tent is where children of all ages can bring their favourite stuffed animal to this hospital-like setting for treatment and care by Prairie Mountain Health staff.  It is a great way to educate families about our services, procedures/equipment and promotes healthy living in a friendly and fun way. Attendance at this event has continued to grow and the region receives very positive feedback from parents and the community.   This is a great opportunity to provide education about a multitude of our programs and services in one venue and in one day. 

Joining us under the DASH Tent this year will also be our partners in health, Canadian Blood Services where you can find out your blood type, Child and Family Services and Brightside Dental.   Last year over 1000 children plus their families visited the tent.  Children left with their own bag of goodies, a smile on their face and a hug from Dudley the Prairie Mountain Health mascot.   And that is just under the DASH tent!

The rest of the grounds are filled with even more fun for the children. Westman Dreams for Kids Children’s Country Fair has many other FREE activities planned for the day. This year Dreams brings on a new sponsor so Westman Dreams for Kids – Children's Country Fair is now proudly supported by Investors Group.  Some of the fun includes, sparkle tattoo, kids obstacle course, go fly a kite, inflatable bouncers, treasure dig and hay rides just to name a few. There is stage entertainment all day long along with refreshment stands to keep you going.  This event wouldn’t happen without all our great sponsors, partners and volunteers.  So make sure you mark your calendar for Sunday, June 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kirkcaldy Heights school grounds next to the Sportsplex for a fun time and great way to kick off the month of June.




Women's Wellness Clinic - Hamiota Medical Clinic, June 3 from 10am-3pm. Call 204-764-4218 for appt. #bdnmb
Women's Wellness Clinic - Deloraine Medical Clinic - Deloraine Health Centre June 3 830am - 230pm. Call 204-747-2461 for appt. #bdnmb
Carberry/Glenboro Health Centres temporary suspension of emergency services in May
Women's Wellness Clinic - Melita Medical Clinic, TODAY from 10am-3pm. Call 204-522-8353 for appt. #bdnmb
The DASH tent is Celebrating 20 years, Sun. Jun. 5th Come bring your kids and enjoy a day of learning and fun #bdnmb
Do you work with seniors and their families? Find out more at the Help for Family Caregivers workshop. #bdnmb
Brandon Diabetes Heart Health Program, FREE Living with Diabetes class Thurs, June 2nd from 100pm-300pm call to register 204-578-2370 #bdnmb