How important is MediBus?

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Jonathan Riley, Digby Courier
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Recently, needs arose that I required medical attention. My doctor was unavailable. I dreaded thoughts of a long wait at outpatients.

My husband said, “Why not try the MediBus?”

Off we went. Very quickly and without an appointment, I received an examination, was assessed, diagnosed and off to the drugstore to get the prescribed medication. Thanks to the MediBus, their action headed off a bout of pneumonia.

A week later, a reliable source told me that we may lose the MediBus.

Unfortunately, we have a doctor out ill, unable to return to practice. While we extend sympathy to Dr. Lafkovici, who is going to care for his patients? Added to our present doctor shortage and with our overworked nurse practitioners, plus the cold and flu season, we need the MediBus.

Manned by professionals, this medical service is too valuable to lose. What can we do? We can make our voices known to Gordon Wilson, our MLA, at 245-5300, and Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine, 780 Central Avenue, Box 1501, Greenwood, B0P 1N0.

Please let them know that we need the MediBus in our community.

Maxine Connell, Smith’s Cove

(Editor's note: the minister's email address health.minister@gov.ns.ca )

Geographic location: 780 Central Avenue

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  • Tony Kelly
    February 15, 2014 - 08:53

    The Medibus seems like an incredibly smart idea and service. I was in the outpatients at the the hospital recently. A group of depressed and frustrated residents sat there for literally hours awaiting a doctor to show up and then awaiting their time in the line. People talked about their health problems and most of them could easily have been attended to by a nurse practitioner's walk in clinic. I realized time is a great cure for most health problems and so I left the hospital and stepping into the fresh air, well removed from the lethargic out- patients department, I already felt better. It would have been nice to have been able to stroll into the MediBus and receive efficient patient-centered care. But the MediBus has been blocked in the road by none other than the Health department. Surely those road blocks can be removed and people in this area can have service or at the very least we deserve a good clear explanation as to why we cannot have service. With that niggling question in mind I drove along to the MLA's office. The sign on the door indicated he was not be found in Digby that day. And so off I went for a little home care and with no place to submit my travel claims for a wasted trip to town for just a little health care!