Monday, 22 June 2020

June is Recreation and Parks Month!

In support of June is Recreation and Parks Month and our friends at the City of Leduc, our PCN Exercise Specialist Adrien encourages you to get outside and discover all of the recreation opportunities in Leduc. In this short video, Adrien shows you to the outdoor fitness area at William F. Lede park near Telford Lake.



For more information about the outdoor fitness area, please visit: https://www.leduc.ca/william-f-lede-park/lede-park-outdoor-fitness-area

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Help with sciatic nerve pain

Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network Exercise Specialist Adrien shows you some stretches and exercises for those with sciatic nerve pain, also called sciatica. You will need a chair and a stool or step for this activity. Coach Luna keeps an eye on Adrien and approves of his techniques.

Watch the video by clicking the image, below.



If you are new to physical activity, if you are returning to physical activity after injury or illness, or if you have a medical condition that might make physical activity difficult, please consult with your family doctor before starting a physical activity program. Adrien also suggests that if you are at risk of falls, please have someone present with you while you do the falls prevention exercises.

If you have questions for Adrien, please add a comment on our YouTube channel. Also, please subscribe to our channel so you can get notification as Adrien adds more videos.

Monday, 1 June 2020

June is Stroke Awareness Month

June is Stroke Awareness Month


A stroke happens when blood stops flowing to any part of your brain, damaging brain cells. The effects of a stroke depend on the part of the brain that was damaged and the amount of damage done. Learn more...



Are you at risk of a stroke? Take the stroke assessment test.

Our PCN healthcare providers can help those who are at risk or who have had a stroke. Ask your PCN family doctor to our Team-Based Care program.

June 2020 newsletter now available

Our June 2020 newsletter is now available! In this edition, you will learn about:
- how our Team-Based Care and Leduc Eldercare Consultation Team are seeing patients
- resources available to you online
- our exercise specialist's workout videos
- our new Warburg Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic (opens TODAY!)
- COVID-19 supports
and more! Read the newsletter, here.

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Warburg Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic opens June 1


Nurse Practitioner clinic to open in Warburg June 1

Announced earlier this year, the underserviced towns of Thorsby and Warburg, and their surrounding communities, are going to be receiving primary care support from a dedicated Nurse Practitioner (NP). Michelle Williams, NP, has been hired by the Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network (LBD PCN) through a grant provided by the Government of Alberta via the Nurse Practitioner Support Program.

After months of preparation, the Warburg Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic is now ready to serve the community.

Clinic hours will be:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Closed for lunch between 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. and on statutory holidays

To contact the clinic for a meet and greet, please call:

825-320-3000
(825 is an Alberta area code that was introduced in 2016 and covers the entire province)

·       The clinic space has been provided by and is located in the Village of Warburg office.
·       The entrance to the clinic and parking for clinic patients is located at the back of the village building.
·       Those with limited mobility can access to the elevator by entering the building through the front office door; a ramp is available.
·       Funding for the NP clinical administrator has been provided by the County of Leduc.

Michelle will provide health services to individuals, families, and communities including health promotion, disease and injury prevention, and treatment of acute and chronic illness. NPs provide healthcare that is grounded in nursing care and includes the physical, emotional, social, and psychological aspects of your health. NPs can:

·       Diagnose and treat illness and injury
·       Perform physical examinations and screening interventions
·       Order and interpret diagnostic tests, such as lab tests and x-rays
·       Provide counselling and education
·       Refer you to other healthcare professionals and specialists
·       Prescribe medications
·       Manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, COPD and asthma
  • ·       Provide palliative care


The Thorsby Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic will be located in the Thorsby Public Health Centre and is expected to open in June. In the meantime, Thorsby residents are welcome to book appointments at the Warburg clinic.

To read the previous news releases, please click here and here.
For more information, please see the attached FAQ or see the contacts available, below.
To find out about programs and services offered at the LBD PCN, please see our website.

If you have any questions about this program or how to access it, please contact the PCN.



Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network Exercise Specialist Adrien offers supplementary exercises to his weekly the Stand Up to Falls program introduction posted yesterday. Adrien shows you activities using a chair and wall or railing for support as well as small hand weights and a theraband. If you are new to physical activity, if you are returning to physical activity after injury or illness, or if you have a medical condition that might make physical activity difficult, please consult with your family doctor before starting a physical activity program.

Stand Up To Falls supplementary exercises

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Stand Up To Falls exercise video

Our Exercise Specialist Adrien starts the week with the first of four in his Stand Up To Falls series. Each week, Adrien will share a progressive video that he has built from his falls prevention program. Stand Up To Falls Week 1 video

Monday, 20 April 2020

Comfort Eating the Healthy Way – Updating Recipes

We all look to food for comfort in time of stress and anxiety. It is possible to enjoy your favourite foods and maintain healthy habits.


  • Try a leaner meat. Try substituting ground turkey or chicken in recipes that use ground beef (or simply substitute extra lean ground beef for regular to cut down on the fat). If you’re feeling more adventurous, you could even try adding lentils or beans (black, kidney, etc) to your recipes and reducing the amount of meat. Beans are great sources of protein and fibre and low in fat and cholesterol.
    • For suggestions on how to use plant-based proteins, check out recipes from Alberta Pulse Growers (https://albertapulse.com/) or Pulse Canada (http://www.pulsecanada.com/).
  • Craving a rich cream sauce with your pasta? Try making cream sauce without the cream by substituting evaporated skim milk for heavy cream to save on the calories and fat.
  • Want some dip with your veggies? Try making your own dip and substituting low-fat or fat-free yogurt (try Greek or Balkan style for extra protein) for the mayonnaise in the recipe. This tip also works for sandwich spreads, such as canned tuna or chicken.
  • Try adding vegetables to macaroni and cheese – steamed broccoli, cauliflower and carrots work great or try your favourite vegetables. You can add even more fibre by choosing a whole grain noodle. Want to cut the fat and calories? Try making your own cheese sauce with less cheese and adding low-fat cottage cheese, ricotta or yogurt for added protein.
  • Try making homemade pizza. You can make your own whole wheat dough or for a simpler option, make personal size pizzas using whole grain pitas or small tortillas. 

If you would like to to access the free services our our PCN Registered Dietitians, please ask your family doctor for a referral.



Thursday, 9 April 2020

Comfort Eating the Healthy Way

Our PCN Registered Dietitians share advice on Comfort Eating the Healthy Way:

We all cope with stress differently. Food is used by many people to relax and manage difficult emotions. If you find yourself relying on food to cope during this stressful time, here are 5 tips to keep you eating healthy.
1. Eat regular meals. This is so important for anyone who is having trouble maintaining a routine. Meals can really anchor your day. Start with breakfast, schedule in a lunch, and end your day with a wholesome evening meal. Along with helping establish some routine, regular meals can help manage your appetite and reduce cravings related to hunger. Eating regularly will help keep your blood sugar stable, maintain regular energy, and regulate your mood. For meal ideas check out these two websites for recipes: https://www.unlockfood.ca/en/Recipes.aspx and https://www.cookspiration.com/ 2. Include healthy snacks. Some people may find their appetite changes with stress. Snacks can help if you find your appetite has increased or decreased. If your appetite has increased, having a healthy snack between meals can help reduce hunger and cravings for sweets or highly processed foods. If your appetite is decreased and you are having trouble eating full meals, try to have a healthy snack rather than skipping the meal altogether. You can find a link to healthy snack ideas on this Alberta Health Services website: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/nutrition/Page2914.aspx 3. Hydrate throughout the day. Staying hydrated can also improve our energy and alertness. Most adults need 9-12 cups of fluid throughout the day. Water and milk are the healthiest choices but all fluids count. Sometimes a cup of tea or hot coffee can help us relax. If you find a hot beverage does help you relax and you are using these drinks often, try to drink them with little to no sugar and switch to decaf if drinking more than 2-3 cups per day. 4. Eat mindfully. One of the easiest and most beneficial ways to practice mindful eating right now is to turn off any media while eating including tv and social media. While staying informed is beneficial, too much information can increase stress. Try to limit these distractions, particularly during meals and snacks. You can also try eating with friends and family that live with you at home. Try to eat at least one meal per day together at the kitchen table. If you are isolating or live alone, try virtual meals with friends and family. This is one time when using your phone, computer, or iPad during meals can be beneficial. Try having dinner with a friend or celebrate a special occasion with your family with a video platform such as FaceTime, WhatsApp, Skype or Zoom. There are many platforms to choose from. Try some of them out or ask people close to you what they use and ask them to teach you how to use it. 5. Reach out. Many people may be having trouble affording or accessing healthy food right now. If this is you, ask friends or family members to help. They may be able to offer you a meal or deliver groceries to you if you are self-isolating. Contact your local Food Bank if you are not able to access enough food. Local food organizations and Food Banks have recently received extra federal funding to meet the increased need during COVID-19. If you are needing help managing stress, anxiety or other mental health concerns during this time, please reach out. Alberta Health Services offers a free 24/7 Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642.

If you would like to to access the free services our our PCN Registered Dietitians, please ask your family doctor for a referral.


Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Protecting yourself from COVID-19 and PPE


April 7, 2020



Protecting yourself from COVID-19 while out in public: Should we be wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)?



In this time of social isolation, we all want to do the right thing to protect ourselves and our loved ones from COVID-19.  We wash our hands many times a day, try not to touch our face, and frequently disinfect the high-trafficked areas and surfaces in our homes.  We only go out for groceries and errands when absolutely necessary and try to keep at least two metres away from other people while doing so. 



How to keep safe in public?

The flood of information can make it difficult to separate fact from fiction, and in the rapidly evolving situation we are in, rumors and misinformation can be dangerous.  It is important to obtain up to date public health recommendations from credible sources including Alberta Health, Public Health Agency of Canada, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, and the World Health Organization.  



FACE MASKS

We know that the COVID-19 virus is spread mainly from person-to-person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.  Therefore, if you are sick or showing symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, or shortness of breath) you SHOULD wear a facemask when you are around other people.  This includes going to a store, riding in a vehicle with others, or entering a healthcare facility. 



Masks are most useful during prolonged, close interactions involving potentially sick people.  The CDC and Alberta Health are now recommending the use of non-medical cloth face covers for all asymptomatic people when going out in public when there is potential that you are unable to be more than 2 metres or 6 feet apart from others.  Because you can spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick, face coverings are a means of protecting others more than yourself.  They prevent your own respiratory droplets from contaminating other people and surfaces and may stop you from touching your nose and mouth.



If you choose to use a non-medical face mask:

·       You must wash your hands immediately before putting it on and taking it off, in addition to practicing good hand hygiene while wearing it

·       It should be non-gaping and fit well; avoid adjusting it while wearing

·       You should not share it with others

·       Avoid touching your face while wearing it

·       Change it as soon as it is damp or soiled as it may be contaminated

·       Carry a plastic bag for used masks and wash immediately in hot water and dry thoroughly on the highest temperature



Please refer to the CDC’s website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/DIY-cloth-face-covering-instructions.pdf) for further information on cloth face coverings and a DIY tutorial on making your own.



As there is a critical shortage for PPE for frontline healthcare workers, it is important to leave surgical and N95 masks to protect those who are working hard to care for us all during this pandemic. 



GLOVES

With a shortage of hand sanitizer recently, many people are resorting to wearing disposable gloves while out shopping with the assumption that the gloves are acting as a barrier between you and the virus.  The CDC reports that wearing gloves can actually be problematic for protecting yourself against COVID-19. 



If you are like most people, you probably go about your regular shopping routine including checking your shopping list on your phone, touching the produce, pushing the cart, and making payment from your wallet.  You may even touch your face inadvertently.  Although your hands underneath the gloves are fine, everywhere else touched with a glove is contaminated.  A dirty glove may actually be worse than a dirty hand as it may, again, create a false sense of security.  Gloves only provide protection if they are taken off properly; otherwise you contaminate your hands when you remove them.  Touching objects with contaminated gloves (such as food products) simply spreads the contamination. 



Going without gloves forces us to be mindful, to be more careful about not touching our face and washing our hands as soon as we get home.  Keeping hand sanitizer, if available, in your purse, pocket, or vehicle will aid in protecting yourself until you are able to wash your hands with soap and water.  Using disinfecting wipes in your vehicle to wipe down your steering wheel and other high-touch areas such as your phone and keys will also help prevent further contamination. 



Use of gloves are recommended, however, when handling fluids from a close contact if they are infected with COVID-19.  If you choose to wear gloves, opt for disposable gloves and ensure they are thrown directly in the trash.  Wash your hands immediately after removal. 



BOTTOMLINE

Masks and gloves will not and cannot replace good hygiene. Continue to practice regular handwashing, disinfecting procedures, social distancing, and stay home when you are sick. 



For further information on keeping yourself safe from COVID-19, please refer to the following links:



https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html



https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx



https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019



https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html





Stay safe and be kind,



Michelle Williams, Nurse Practitioner
Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network
www.lbdpcn.com

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

April 2020 Newsletter

A special edition COVID-19 LBD PCN newsletter is now available for you to read. Learn how our LBD PCN programs and services and physicians offices have adapted to continue to serve you through the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 2020 LBD PCN Newsletter




Tuesday, 10 March 2020

COVID-19 MESSAGE



***Please note that if you have symptoms such as a fever, cough and difficulty breathing and have traveled outside Canada OR have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, stay home and call Health Link at 811. Do not go to a physician’s office, a health care facility or a lab without consulting with Health Link 811 first. Do NOT attend the Leduc or Beaumont After-Hours Clinics. These facilities are not equipped to test for COVID-19. Call 911 if you are seriously ill and need immediate attention and inform them that you may have COVID-19***


Monday, 2 March 2020

March 2020 LBD PCN Newsletter

Our March 2020 Newsletter is here! Items in this edition:
  • Dedicated health care provider secured for Thorsby and Warburg
  • Automated appointment reminder system
  • Classes and Workshops
  • Leduc Business Expo
  • Patient experience survey
  • AlbertaFindADoctor.ca
  • March is Nutrition Month!
  • Prescription To Get Active
  • Patient's Medical Home
  • We want to hear from you!
  • Lived Experiences
  • Connect with us on social media!

Read the edition by clicking here.

Click the subscribe button inside the newsletter to receive your copy in your inbox.

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Monday, 13 January 2020

Walk With a Doc

CBC Edmonton covered our local chapter of Walk With A Doc - take a look!
Edmonton-area doc walking the walk when  it comes to care

This FREE program takes place every Thursday evening at the Leduc Recreation Centre. Come on out, bring a friend!