The Okotoks Health and Wellness Centre Urgent Care has made some improvements after a generous donation from the Sheep River Health Trust.

Andrea Mitchell, Executive Director for the Sheep River Health Trust, says there were some much needed upgrades required since its opening in 2004.

"Our town has changed a lot over the years, and it sees about 70 patients a day, 2,000 patients a month, over 25,000 patients a year, so it was in need of some updating," she said.

Mitchell says the main problem that needed to be addressed was the privacy and dignity of patients.

"One of the major problems was the space between triage and registration didn't create a sense of patient privacy. Anyone in that area could really hear what they were talking about. That created some concerns for staff and patients, and we heard that a lot coming back in feedback," she said.

Mitchell adds the changes have brought positive feedback from staff and patients.

"We've heard from patients and the staff how much a difference it's made. Especially for the triage nurse. Many patients have said how less stressful it is for them to come and feel like they can talk about concerns to a nurse, and not feel that there's other people hearing, as well," she said.

The Sheep River Health Trust made a donation in the amount of $60,000 to fund the renovation, which started in October. The public portion was opened in early November, with a few minor changes, such as moving administration offices, still ongoing.

The renovation moved the triage, waiting room and registration into areas that are more suited to offer patient privacy.

Questions, comments, or story ideas? Email [email protected]

More Local News

Individual Alberta Campsites Now Open For Bookings

You can now book your 'Individual' Alberta campsites. While 'Group' and 'Comfort' camping site bookings opened up earlier this month with Kananaskis Country 'Backcountry' camping opening February 25.…

Wage Support For Employing Young People On Farms This Summer

The Alberta Government is helping farmers give youth work experience in agriculture this summer. The Summer Farm Employment Program reimburses employers 50 per cent of wages, or $500 per month, from…

Ranchland Reeve Takes Up The NDP Mantle

The NDP has their candidate for the Livingstone-Macleod Riding, and it's not the usual candidate they normally run here. M.D. of Ranchland Reeve Cam Gardner has tossed his hat into the ring for the…

Family Day Closures In Okotoks

Family Day on Monday means Okotoks residents can expect Town closures. All of the Town's office buildings will be closed including the Eco Centre. The Okotoks Recreation Centre will remain open for…

OkotoksOnline.com is Okotoks' only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Login