Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) available / course information

Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) are small portable machines that can check a person’s heart by automatically recognizing the beat rhythm. If the person’s heart rhythm is inadequate to keep the person alive, the machine can automatically administer an electric shock through the skin to the heart muscle. This small shock causes the heart to re-boot and then it may enter back into a normal rhythm. These machines have been proven to save lives in shopping malls, ice hockey rinks, sporting events and many other community places across the country.

Thanks to a number of private donors, plus the work of a small & busy group of local volunteers including the Galiano Health Care Society, Geoff Gaylor and other local business owners as well as interested islanders, Galiano Island is now installing 13 AED’s in prominent places. A map/list of locations will be available shortly. With many locations anyone witnessing a person’s collapse in the community can quickly access a defibrillator. The defibrillator will decide if it can/should shock the person’s heart.

Operating an AED is straight forward – there are voice prompts from the machine all the way. But in case you are unsure, there will be free classes available soon to teach you how to use an AED and explain it’s role in the resuscitation process. An AED does not replace CPR, but it is a valuable tool.

If you have any questions about our AED program or if you wish to borrow a loaner AED for your on-island event (at no cost) please email us at galianohealth@shaw.ca

For information about our AED’s check out the Iridia website

The on-island course/orientation schedule for AED’s: (note these sessions are orientation only – not certified courses. Details for certified AED/CPR courses will follow)

Sunday March 15th at 1pm at the North Community Hall – contact Eileen Beaudine for details

Saturday March 21st at 10am at the South Galiano Fire Hall – contact Chris Terpenning at 250 539 2131 ; cjterpenning@gmail.com

 

Automatic Defibrillator public information session

Galiano Island Health Care Centre in collaboration with local businesses and residents has now installed a number of Automatic External Defibrillators (AED’s) in prominent places up and down the island. Designed for public to use if someone collapses, the AED’s will monitor the person’s heart beat and apply a small electric shock if the machine decides that it could help resuscitate the collapsed person.

A series of public information and familiarization sessions are now underway.

On Sunday March 15 a Public Access Defibrillator orientation will be held at the North Community Hall from 1-3pm (**note change of date) –

Please RSVP for this event to Eileen at 250 539 5677 or eileen.eeb@gmail.com

Refer to attached poster for details. (there is a repeat course at the south community hall on March 21 at 1pm)

2015 Polar Brrr Swim – January 1st

Join in the fun on Thursday January 1st – 12 noon at Montague Harbour Beach (by the boat launching area). Be one of the intrepid who dare to take a dip into the water, or simply come to cheer them on. Either way your participation will support the Galiano Health Care Society to provide vital health services and programs on Galiano.

Pledge forms available from the Twirly Tree/Post Office; Galiano Bookstore; Galiano Health Clinic (please bring your pledge form to the event along with collected monies)

Hot Chocolate and Hot Dogs available to push aside that winter chill. Yummm!

Questions? Call Sylvie at 250 539 3077

 

Service Cut – First Call Nurse (weekends)

The Galiano Health Care Society received sudden notice that our First Call Nurse coverage (emergency coverage on weekends) would cease mid-November. There was no advance warning or negotiations. This means that we now have three weekends a month without on-island emergency medical care.

911 services with the first responders and paramedics will continue to operate, however they will not have access to the emergency room at the clinic, nor will there be access to after-hours medications.

Dr Carlson will continue with her on call services one weekend a month, but on other weekends there will only be an off-island doctor available via phone.

This cut in services is very concerning. You can take action by contacting Island Health and the Minister of Health to express your opinion.

please review the press release from Island Health regarding Galiano’s on call coverage cut. 2014-11 VIHA HCC-FC

We ask you to also review the formal response from GHCS along with the contact details for the Health Minister and Island Health CEO. 2014-11 GHCS HCC-FC

For further information, contact Mike Hoebel – Board President at 250 539 2003; or Linda Ruedrich – Clinic Manager at 250 539 3753 / galianohealth@shaw.ca

 

FREE Flu Vaccine – Nov 19th

The Galiano Health Care Society is hosting a flu vaccination clinic at the Lion’s Hall on Galiano Island – Wednesday November 19th from 1.30pm-4pm.

Be sure to bring your BC Care Card with you to the Lion’s Hall.

To see if you are eligible for the free vaccine, go to the VIHA website . If you are ineligible for the free vaccine or unable to get to the November 19th flu vaccination clinic on Galiano, please make an appointment with your primary care provider to discuss your options.

 

FREE Health Workshop – Nov 4th

The Mental Health & Wellness Committee is partnering with the Galiano Library to co-host a free health workshop focusing on depression and anxiety. Guest presenters include Cheryl Bell-Gadsby from Saltspring Island Community Services & Andy from the Bounceback program.

Learn about common mental illness, take home strategies to manage symptoms, and gain a clearer appreciation of the experience for a loved one living with a mental illness (including ways that family and friends can help).

The library will display collection items that have threads related to the discussion on mental health.

Venue: Galiano Library

When: Tuesday November 4th

Time: 1-4pm

Cost: FREE

Light refreshments available

For further details contact Jenelle at 250 539 2422

Silver Linings Playbook – Oct 4th

You are invited to attend a public screening of the film ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ at the South Community Hall on October 4th. This drama/comedy explores the life of ‘Pat’ who has experienced many challenges in life, including mental illness, marriage breakup and unemployment. Watch the film to experience some of Pat’s journey & recovery.

A panel discussion will be held at the end of the film to allow for reflection and comment. Our panel will include Jo Rippin NP, Dr Carlson, Peter Barrett and Virginia Monk.

This event is co-sponsored by the Mental Health and Wellness Committee of the GHCS and the Galiano Club.

Questions? Contact Jenelle at 250 539 2422.

Hope to see you on Saturday 4th October at 1pm.

Poster October Movie 2014

Referendum Nov 15, 2014

The Capital Regional District has approved a referendum on behalf of the Galiano Health Care Society – to be held on November 15, 2014.

The GHCS owns and operates the Health Care Centre building.  Right now we have a great team of health professionals provided by VIHA and using the Centre to serve our community.  However VIHA is unwilling to provide sufficient funding to cover the costs of managing and operating the Health Care Centre itself.  Each year our Board has energetically fundraised and sourced donations to make up a shortfall of approximately $60,000 just to keep our doors open.

That effort is proving more challenging due to economic constraints together with rising maintenance costs. We have reached the point where the Board has had to make the difficult decision to go to the community for support via a property tax levy.

See the attached document for answers to some common questions people are raising. If your question is not answered by this or you have other comments, please do come to our Public Meeting on September 28th at 1pm at the Lion’s Hall. Everyone’s welcome!

Galiano Referendum – CRD Information

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Wine & Beer Festival – August 9th 2014

This year is the 22nd annual Galiano Wine and Beer Tasting Festival with proceeds to the Galiano Health Care Society to support health and social programs for local residents, families and visitors to the Island.

Date: Saturday August 9, 2014

Venue: Lion’s Field on Burrill Rd (next to the health clinic)

Time: 1-4pm

Tickets: $40 (includes wine and beer tasting, plus finger food)

Check out the Festival website for more information at www.galianowinefestival.com

Tickets are selling fast. Reserve tickets with credit card by phoning Jenelle at 250 539 2422; you can also pre-purchase tickets from various businesses on Galiano Island.