Concerned Doctors Create Resource for Rural Care – SteinbachOnline.com

Doctors Manitoba has developed a new resource to provide rural residents with more information on accessing health care this summer.

In a press release on Friday, the doctors’ advocacy group said it had “serious concerns about the stability of health care in rural and northern Manitoba.”

Dr. Candace Bradshaw is President of Doctors Manitoba. “Our new public resource Rural​Care​.ca will help Manitobans learn how to access rural care, including how to plan ahead and what to do in a medical emergency.”

Manitoba’s southern region has 17 hospitals, but six ERs are expected to have reduced hours and six have been closed long-term.

According to Doctors Manitoba, of the 68 hospitals and health centers in rural and northern communities, 27 emergency rooms are expected to be open 24/7, 23 emergency rooms are operating with reduced hours or suspensions temporary and 18 emergency rooms have been closed for more than a year and are not expected to reopen this summer.

Doctors Manitoba says it will update the resource weekly over the summer to help Manitobans access medical care.

Because closures can occur on short notice, Manitobans should seek up-to-date information from local regional health authorities and remember to call 911 or the local emergency number in the event of a medical emergency.

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