Patient experience leads to review of emergency discharge policies at SBGHC

The South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) is taking a closer look at the discharge policies for the emergency departments at its four hospital sites following a recent patient complaint.

 

Helen Bullen of Kincardine sent a letter to the editor to The Independent last month after she visited the Walkerton hospital emergency department on the evening of Dec. 5 due to a sudden illness. In her letter, Bullen said she was treated quickly and had several tests right away to check her heart. At 9:30 p.m., she said, the doctor told her he would admit her overnight for observation. At that point, she told the friends who drove her to the hospital left and indicated that they would pick her up in the morning.

 


Flu strikes Bruce County

By Barb McKay

 

Public health officials are asking the public to use caution to avoid contracting and spreading germs in the wake of a several outbreaks of flu viruses within Bruce County.

 

The Grey Bruce Health Unit reported that at least 10 long-term care facilities in the two counties have experienced flu epidemics within the last month and a half, including at least two in Bruce County with Influenza A and two more with respiratory illnesses. Prior to the Christmas holidays schools across the region reported high levels of absenteeism due to illness and emergency departments also indicated an increased number of visits due to respiratory illnesses.


Big changes to Kincardine Relay for Life

The Kincardine Relay For Life is getting a makeover.

The Canadian Cancer Society Bluewater community office announced last week that it is making some bold changes to its Relay For Life, including Kincardine. Perhaps the most significant change is that all Relays in Ontario will now be held in June which means a date change for the Kincardine, previously in August. As well, the three 2015 events will take place on Saturdays and will now run from 12 noon until midnight. Kincardine’s Relay For Life will be held June 20 at the Davidson Centre outdoor track.


Skating circles

Sarah Austin, left, and daughter Olivia, 7, or Port Elgin had a blast skating around the outdoor ice loop at MacGregor Point Provincial Park on Sunday. (Barb McKay photo)


South Bruce OPP detachment commander retiring

By Barb McKay

 

After 30 years in policing, Insp. Scott Smith is ready to hang up his hat.

 

The veteran officer confirmed Monday that he will retire from the Ontario Provincial Police in March. Smith joined the South Bruce OPP as detachment commander in July 2012 and immediately began forging a closer relationship between police and the community. He led the charge to create a Safe Communities committee in Kincardine that encourages community stakeholders to take a more active role in addressing issues that are specific to the community.

 


Snow, snow and more snow

Kincardine area hit hard by winter storm

Stay inside.

There isn't much to do in Kincardine today anyways, except maybe shovel.

A look down Kincardine's main street this afternoon. (Josh Howald photo)

 

Pretty well everything scheduled for this evening, from hockey games to choir practices, have been cancelled due the most recent winter storm hitting the region. Buses did not run to any Kincardine area schools today, and both Highway 21 from Grand Bend to Port Elgin and Highway 9 to Walkerton remained closed as of 3:30 p.m. Most Bruce Power employees were told to stay at home this morning, and several businesses have also decided not to open their doors today.


Bantams keep Silver Stick banner in town

Peewees lose in final, novices ousted in semis

By Josh Howald

They saved the best for last.

 

The 28th annual Kincardine Regional Silver Stick ended with the host Kincardine Timber Mart bantam Kinucks winning a title and claiming a spot at the International Silver Stick.

Kincardine clinched the Bantam B championship in front of a near-capacity crowd at the Davidson Centre last Tuesday with a 3-1 win over Tavistock.


THe pieces fit...

By Barb McKay

 

Some undertakings are labours of love, otherwise we simply wouldn’t do them. This can certainly be said for the monumental task two Kincardine women took on a year ago and completed before ringing in 2015.

 

 

Chris Moulton, left, and June McGregor with the completed 6,000-piece puzzle at Lambton Court. (Barb McKay photo)

 

 


Smoking banned in many public areas

The provincial government has made changes to Smoke-Free Ontario Act, making it illegal to light up in many public areas.

 

The new legislation, which took effect Jan. 1, now prohibits people from smoking on or around public playgrounds or sports fields and surfaces, such as basketball and tennis courts, soccer fields and splash pads.

 


Communication a key focus of 2015, says mayor

By Barb McKay

Improving communication between the Municipality of Kincardine and the public will be a priority this year, says Anne Eadie.

 

 

Mayor Anne Eadie is looking forward to meeting the challenges of 2015 and having council form a closer bond with its constituents. (Barb McKay photo)