SHA optimistic as phase one of opening healthcare system begins
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On Tuesday the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) began to resume some health services in varying parts of the province as a cautious first step toward re-opening the health system. Calling into the daily press conference on Tuesday afternoon SHA CEO Scott Livingstone explained that the 'new normal' in the healthcare system would take some time.

Livingstone also thanked healthcare workers across the province.

"I am proud of the work they are doing each and every day and I am sure they will provide safe and quality care to the people of the province," Livingstone said.

The system will be reopening slowly and cautiously and each part of the province may look different but services will begin returning.

Tuesday marked the first day of phase one, with a focus on resuming a few everyday services such as outpatient physiotherapy appointments, kidney health services, some laboratory services, home care (e.g. bathing services) and expanded immunizations.

"We will also see surgical services slowly increasing to accommodate more patients who are on our waiting lists, as well as lab services and diagnostic imaging are also expanding their volumes as well," Livingstone said.

As part of taking an approach that is tailored to health system readiness in various areas of the province, it should be noted that not all services listed in phase one will begin immediately on May 19.

There will also be an increase in mental health face to face services and placements rescheduled for students pursuing careers in healthcare.

"While we know that some parts of the province are still experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks we also know that there are several people across this province that are needing these services that have been on hold for a number of weeks. During the first phase of resumption we plan on balancing both sides of the equation by being both flexible and adaptive and we will not move further to expand services until we are confident that we can safely take care of…
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