Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Phone Issues Disrupt Patient Intake

It was a frustrating night for hundreds of people trying to get through a patient intake phone line. There were 150 spaces open for Bridgewater area residents trying to secure a primary care provider. However, there was a problem with the phone line set up for Dr. Shelia Dwyer. Some callers tried for hours to get through but only got a busy signal. A recorded phone message was later put up apologizing for the inconvenience. It also states another intake will be announced in the near future.

Bridgewater: Stroll Through Military History

A local historian will highlight Bridgewater's rich military past during a guided tour through Brookside Cemetery. Peter Oickle will lead a walk through the historic graveyard on Saturday afternoon. The tour will visit the grave sites of local soldiers, nursing sisters and others from the area who served in the World Wars. Oickle says it a good opportunity to learn about the roles local people had during the war.

Those interested in taking part in the walk should meet on Saturday at the corner of Victoria Road and York Street at 2 o'clock. There is a small fee, all money raised will go back to the Desbrisay Museum.

Lunenburg: Temporary ER Closure Today

The emergency room at Fishermen's Hospital in Lunenburg is closed due to staff shortages. The ER will re-open at 7:00pm (today). Anyone needing emergency service should dial 9-1-1 or visit the regional hospital in Bridgewater.

Health Minister Says South Shore Health Care Workers Should Not Panic

The province is moving ahead with plans to reduce the number of health authorities. The Liberal government wants to reduce them from the current 9 down to 2, one for all of the province and one for the IWK. Health minister Leo Glavine says millions will be saved through cuts to administration and reduntant services. He says though ... employees at South Shore Health and others across the province shouldn't panic about possibly losing their jobs.

Glavine says he will be touring the province next year to guage support, opposition and collect public suggestions on how to streamline health care in general.

Glavine says it'll take some time to make the changes and he hopes to capitalize on already existing collaberation among health authorities.

Lobster Price Report Expected Thursday

A report examining lobster prices will be released tomorrow. Fisheries Minister Keith Colwell and members of an independent panel will unveil the finding of the report during a news conference in Halifax. The three member panel has a representative from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI. It was formed last spring to look into the factors behind the low price of lobster. Last season, fishermen were getting just over three dollars per pound in some areas of the Maritimes. Dumping day in LFA's 33 and 34 is set for November 25.

Two Arrested On Firearms Complaint Near Bridgewater

Two people have been arrested by Bridgewater RCMP and charges laid in connection with alledged firearms offences. This past Sunday morning, the RCMP with help from Bridgewater Police arrested two people after they received a complaint of pointing a firearm. Their investigation found a shotgun had been allegedly pointed at two people at a home in Hebbville. As a result, 27 year old Dakota James Parsons of Hebbville has been charged with 3 firearms offences, one Break and Enter offence and one Possession of Stolen Property. The last two are a result of a break and enter into a business in the Lunenburg area on November 1st. A second person arrested on Sunday morning has not been charged. Parsons has appeared in Bridgewater Provincial Court on the charges and the case has been held over for a later date. The investigation is continuing.