The Sun Country Health Region and the Kipling District Health Foundation have announced that the emergency department and in-patient services at the Kipling Memorial Health Centre will reopen on Monday, February 25 at 8 a.m.
The region and the foundation have concluded negotiations with a group of doctors from Regina who have agreed to provide services on a rotating basis at the health centre, and clinic services on weekdays at Kipling Medical Clinic.
“We are pleased to have secured a contract with this group of doctors to provide both clinic services and emergency services at the health centre, to meet the health needs of Kipling and area residents,” said Sun Country CEO Marga Cugnet.
“We can appreciate the inconvenience it has caused residents to seek services elsewhere and want to assure them we continue to work towards a permanent solution.”
Another doctor has signed a contract with the region to practice in Kipling and is currently undertaking the assessment process required for licensure. If successful, it is hoped that she will be licensed by May and prepared to begin a full time practice in Kipling at that time.
“If all goes well with our recruitment, we will have a permanent doctor in Kipling while we continue to recruit for a second doctor,” Cugnet said.
“We are aware of the community’s concern over the loss of our only two doctors last fall,” said Kipling District Health Foundation chair Allan LaRose. “We all recognized the need for a quick replacement of the doctors.”
“The group of doctors in the Regina locum group will take turns providing care to Kipling and district area. That group effort will greatly increase the stability of the situation. We are pleased that the Regina locum group will work together to provide the medical services we need in our community.”