Dr. Hamed Afshari has announced he will be leaving the community of Canora in the fall for personal reasons.
Dr. Ahmed, Dr. Jafarian, Dr. Obiora and Nurse Practitioner Lorri Dennis remain in the community and will work together, and with the SHA, to ensure that there is no disruption to services during the transition while Saskatchewan Health Authority is in the process of recruiting his replacement.
“It has been such a pleasure to serve as a physician in Canora. Providing care in a CEC model allowed me to balance my work and family life smoothly,” said Dr. Afshari. “It is with very mixed emotions that I am leaving this wonderful community. All of my patients, colleagues and the community have been wonderful. They have been so kind, helpful, and supportive to me and my family. I wish I could take all of them with me to Vancouver where we are moving to be closer to family and friends.”
The Canora Collaborative Emergency Centre (CEC) is in operation 24 hours a day, with extended primary health care 8:00 am – 8:00 pm Monday to Friday and 8:00 am to 4:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Ambulance services continue to be provided around the clock, seven days a week.
The Canora CEC ensures that emergency care is consistently available. During the day, emergency department coverage is provided by physicians in the community. At night and on weekends, the CEC utilizes the collaborative skills of a registered nurse, a paramedic and distance support from a STARS physician specializing in trauma and emergency. Since opening in July of 2014, Canora has had no emergency service interruptions.
For non-emergency care, physician and nurse practitioner appointments are available Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, with Saturday and Sunday appointment options available by calling the Canora Health & Wellness Centre Primary Health Care Clinic at 306-563-5557.
“I would like to thank Dr. Afshari, on behalf of the Saskatchewan Health Authority, for his service in the community over the last three years,” said Jacquie Holzmann, Executive Director, Primary Health Care for the SHA in Yorkton. “Dr. Afshari has been essential in our ability to offer a predictable and sustainable model of care to the community of Canora and area. He will be greatly missed. With his coming departure, our focus is on continuing to provide stable services for the community.”