|Prince Rupert Regional Hospital|
will benefit from a new program at
To reduce the amount of time members of the RCMP spend with patients in the emergency department, a new psychiatric liaison nurse position will be added to the three hospitals in the Northern Health region, with Prince Rupert joining Prince George and Fort St. John in providing for the service.
The nurse will support physicians and staff in the emergency department by quickly helping to assess the patient, and start determining the best supports — either community based programs or in-patient care.
That will allow attending RCMP members to return to their policing duties in a shorter amount of time after responding to calls that bring residents of the area to the hospital for evaluation, in the past the need to remain at the hospital with those in their care has taken members off the streets for lengthy periods at times. This new program will reduce the time involved in the transfer of responsibility for those that are brought to the hospital.
|RCMP members will be able to return|
to the streets sooner with the introduction
of a new program at Northern Health
Prince Rupert will not be the only area of the Northwest to benefit from the increased funding, the Terrace area will also received funding for an expansion of the intensive case management team process to the Northwest, that program will see outpatient support teams provide street and community outreach services in the Terrace area.
You can review some of the background on the recent announcements here.
More background on the services for Mental Health and addictions through the Northern Health system can be found here.
For more information related to Northern Health developments in Prince Rupert see our archive pages here.