The Sun Country Health Region (SCHR) has announced the extension of its acquired brain injury (ABI) support group to the residents of the White Bear First Nation.
The first session was held September 16 at the White Bear Health Centre. Subsequent sessions will be held October 21, November 18 and December 16. All will begin at 10 a.m.
“We believe these support groups are very useful to the people who have experienced a brain injury, and to their families,” said SCHR therapies department regional manager Natalie Biberdorf.
“We want to locate them as conveniently as our resources allow, so we are happy to help create this group for White Bear residents.”
ABI support groups provide information and support to families and survivors who have had a moderate to severe brain injury. Topics discussed may include: challenges and triumphs, coping with loss, changes to roles and relationships, balancing dependence and independence and communication challenges.
Support groups also meet at St. Joseph's Hospital in Estevan, Tatagwa View in Weyburn and the Redvers Health Centre.
The health region has also announced the arrival of two new doctors.
Dr. Parveen Kumar Gupta will begin practice at the Redvers Medical Clinic on October 7. He comes from India, where he received his medical training. His wife will arrive soon.
Gupta has more than 20 years experience in family medicine. He has worked in Redvers twice previously for short periods, and says it is an excellent community.
Dr. Mahmood Beheshti began practice in Weyburn on September 16. He comes to Weyburn from Toronto, and was trained in Iran.
“The region is working long and hard to recruit new doctors to our region and to retain the doctors we currently have,” said SCHR CEO Marga Cugnet.
“We’re beginning to see the numbers improve and that is heartening to us, as well as to the communities involved. We recognize we still have a long way to go until we have a full complement of doctors for our residents.”