Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a respiratory disease where the breathing tubes (airways) into the lungs become swollen and partially blocked, making breathing difficult.
It is characterized by shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, mucus production and fatigue. It is a long-term disease that gets worse over time. COPD also includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis; it affects 750,000 Canadians and is on the rise here and around the world.
Interior Health is pleased to announce a new eye clinic at Kootenay Lake Hospital to serve all residents of the Kootenay Boundary who have the wet form of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). The services will be provided by visiting retinal specialists through the Provincial AMD Treatment Program.
PRESS RELEASE from Kenneth Kunz Kenneth Kunz, MD, PhD who specializes in medical oncology, is giving this free talk on prostate cancer. The talk will cover: How many men in Canada are at risk? What are the predisposing factors for getting prostate cancer? What are the signs and symptoms and how is it diagnosed? Is [..]
Nelson’s CT scanner will have enough staff to run Monday to Friday but 24-hour service will have to wait, says the head of Interior Health’s diagnostic and imaging services. Zeno Cescon is the regional director for Interior Health‘s diagnostic imaging services and he’s heard the rumours the health authority doesn’t have the funds to staff [..]
An “extreme shortage” of ultrasound techs means Interior Health is cutting two different kinds of ultrasound service in Nelson and Castlegar until they can hire more people to run the machines. Starting on Tuesday, Feb. 1 in Nelson echocardiography (heart ultrasound) will no longer be available. As of Thursday, Feb. 3 in Castlegar, no form [..]
A new funding model from Interior Health that tells operators of Nelson’s seniors care facility how they must spend the money they’re getting means there’ll be almost a complete changeover in staffing at Mountain Lake Seniors Community. Park Place, the owner of Mountain Lake Seniors Community (map) in Nelson, had to cancel its contract with [..]
PRESS RELEASE submitted by Interior Health What: Flu shots When: Starting Wednesday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m. See here for specific times. Where: Nelson Health Centre, 333 Victoria St. This year’s vaccine contains three different flu strains, one of which is the pandemic strain (H1N1) that circulated last year. Influenza (flu) shots are free for those [..]
The CT scanner is safe. That’s the message coming from the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation (KLHF) in the aftermath of the very public dispute over the attempted removal of an ultrasound machine from Castlegar by Interior Health (IH). Earlier this month the IH announced plans to remove the only ultrasound machine from Castlegar and District [..]
Camara Cassin – mother of Anaya, the Procter baby sick with a degenerative disease – has received some help from mothers across B.C. and now she’s looking for help from a shipping company to get breast milk from across North America. The Nelson Post covered Cassin’s plea for help last month. Anaya has Krabbe leukodystrophy, [..]
PRESS RELEASE from Interior Health What: Breast feeding challenge When: Saturday, Oct. 2, 11 a.m. Where: Chahko-Mika Mall, 1116 Lakeside Dr. This Saturday, mothers and babies at sites around the world will compete to set the record for the most babies breastfeeding at one time. The events are also a chance to celebrate moms and babies [..]