Nurses’ Union says retention must be focus of ongoing contract negotiations

Negotiations for a new collective agreement are still ongoing between the Registered Nurses Union and the province.

RNU President Yvette Coffey say the focus of negotiations needs to fall squarely on the retention of nurses. NTV’s Ben Cleary has more.

Man hiking from Badger to Grand Falls-Windsor for hospice care

Four years ago, George Hart decided he wanted to see more of a focus on palliative care in Newfoundland and Labrador. When a group of volunteers began work to build the Lionel Kelland Hospice, he was on board.

Now each year George, Bill Mayne and Wally Edwards, lace up to make a walk from Badger to Grand Falls-Windsor to help raise money in the Hike for Hospice.

This years’ goal is $5,000 which brings the three year total to $20,000.

Minister says Grace Hospital nurses’ residence will be demolished as soon as possible

For more than two decades, the Grace Hospital Nurses’ Residence has sat abandoned in the centre of St. John’s. 

But as NTV’s Ben Cleary tells us, the province plans to have the building demolished ‘as soon as possible.’ 

Lionel Kelland Hospice nearing completion

The Lionel Kelland Hospice in Grand Falls-Windsor is expected to be opening this coming fall.

The idea first came about back in 2014, and since then has raised $2.4 million through it’s capital campaign and private donations. This week some of those donors are having an opportunity to tour the building. The hospice will be delivering palliative care services in a home-like environment.

The hospice is still raising money, and this weekend will be the Annual Hike For Hospice in Grand Falls-Windsor.

Baie Verte residents protest lack of on-site physician

Residents of Baie Verte and the surrounding communities demonstrated at the local emergency room on Tuesday where no in-person family physician has been available since the end of April.

They say wait times at emergency have become unacceptable, and ambulances are away from the community for hours at a time for diversions. Baie Verte is not the only community affected by staffing shortages. Demonstrations have also been held in Harbour Breton and Bonavista.

Nape President, Jerry Earle, says the situation is putting pressure on the community and the staff working in health care. He said the situation is also putting pressure on the emergency room in Grand Falls-Windsor.

Burin Peninsula boy receives 300th infusion to treat rare genetic condition

When you donate blood, you don’t often get to find out who the recipient is.

But recently, Canadian blood services held a special blood donor clinic on the Burin Peninsula in honour of a 14-year-old boy receiving his 300th infusion to treat a rare genetic condition.

Here is NTV’s Ross Tilley.

Government streamlines process for recruiting nurses from outside province

The government and the College of Registered Nurses announced more changes Friday to streamline the process for recruiting nurses from outside the province. NTV’s David Salter reports.

Province announces changes to medical transportation for Labrador-Grenfell residents

The provincial government announced changes Monday to make all residents of the Labrador-Grenfell Health Zone entitled to the same rate for reimbursement of eligible expenses, such as airfare and accommodations, for travel to larger centres to access specialized insured medical services.

The policy change applies to all communities in the Labrador-Grenfell Health Zone, which includes the area north of Bartlett’s Harbour and Englee on the Northern Peninsula and all of Labrador.

This program enhancement is an initial step in making medical transportation assistance more responsive to the needs of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. On April 1, responsibility for MTAP and the Medical Transportation Program for Income Support Clients (ISMT) for all areas of the province was transferred to the Department of Labrador Affairs. Budget 2023 included an additional $1 million for program enhancements that would benefit users of the program.

Renovations begin at nursing school in Grand Falls-Windsor

Construction is underway in Grand Falls-Windsor at one of three nursing schools in the province. NTV’s Colleen Lewis reports.

Your Community: Fort Amherst Health Care

Fort Amherst Health Care is bridging the gap between home care and assisted living with a new adult day program. NTV’s Amanda Mews has more.

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