Palliative care committee seeks information

In response to recent letters raising concerns about access to palliative care services in our local and surrounding communities

In response to recent letters raising concerns about access to palliative care services in our local and surrounding communities, we wish to bring attention to a new initiative.

A committee has been formed, in collaboration between the Shuswap North Okanagan (SNO) Division of Family Practice and Interior Health, with the mandate to assess the current state of palliative care services in our region, identify areas of concern and propose improvements to palliative care provision in our region.

We welcome and value input from interested members of the public, and will be distributing patient surveys as part of our effort to improve care and services to dying patients and their families.

Input can also be forwarded to either of the two committee chairs, Renée Roberge or Dr. Joan Bratty, PO Box 520, #2 – 2770 10th Ave. NE, Salmon Arm, B.C. V1E 4N6 or email comments to:  renée.roberge@interiorhealth.ca.

We hope to have our work complete by the end of 2012.

Dr. Joan Bratty, MD, and Renée Roberge, Community Integrated Health Services

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