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Internists shortage solution proposed


I would like to present a solution to the medical crisis facing the Burin Peninsula.

Dr. John Guy,
Medical Director, Eastern Health;
I would like to present a solution to the medical crisis facing the Burin Peninsula.
Instead of sending critically ill patients on four-hour ambulance rides, I propose they be treated in the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Burin (Peninsula Health Care Centre) Hospital by a medical resident. As such, I am requesting Eastern Health provide us with two medical residents as locums until Jan. 7, 2008.
Burin Hospital is set up for picture archiving and communications system (PACS). That means all medical data, such as X-ray and CT Scan images, can be instantly transmitted from the ICU in Burin to the ICU at the Health Science Centre.
That way the medical resident is in direct contact with the specialists in the ICU, if he needs some guidance. The medical resident will be working under the supervision of the specialist in the Health Science Centre all the time.
I am sending a copy of this letter to the Hon. Ross Wiseman, Health minister, the Hon. Clyde Jackman, our area MHA and the editor of The Southern Gazette.
Dr. George Anjilvel is a General Practitioner in Marystown.

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