by Cassandra Leggott, Nurse Practitioner, Foam Lake Primary Care
We are still here.
As a primary care provider, I want to ensure primary care continues within the community as surge planning and capacity is increased for COVID-19 hospitalizations in Saskatchewan.
We are still here, in some capacity.
Clinic visits are being done virtually as much as possible, but we are still seeing patients in our clinic, in person as needed.
Please help us, Saskatchewan.
For primary care to continue, we need all the help we can get. We need COVID-19 numbers to be lower, we need hospitalizations to stay low, and we need ICU admissions to stay low.
The ability for clinics to stay open rests on all of our shoulders.
As capacity of our hospitals continues to be stretched, more staff will be redeployed and more service slow-downs will occur within primary care networks. Help us ensure care where you live, ensure your mom, sister, uncle, and nephew can be seen in their home community for an ear infection, their diabetes management, or other services that may be impacted by COVID-19.
We need you, Saskatchewan.
We need you to stay home.
We need you to wash your hands.
We need you to wear a mask.
We need you do support local business - from a distance.
We need you to work from home if you are able.
We need you to stick to your immediate household bubbles over the holidays.
Please get your flu shot.
Please get the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to you.
Please Saskatchewan, help us help you.
We are in the start of the fourth quarter; we can grasp the lead. We just need everyone to be cheering for us health-care workers and listening to the public health guidelines.
We can win this.