Sitting, waiting, wishing. For many these are the realities of a hospital, but there is much more happening just below the surface. Healthcare is changing.
With so many health-focused restaurants in Toronto’s downtown core, Scarborough residents may have trouble knowing where to find healthy restaurants closer to home. Restaurants like Fresh, which has three locations in Toronto, are vowing to serve the public more healthy meals made from natural ingredients without animal by-products.
Lack of funding is preventing the growth of breakfast and food programs in Scarborough schools. The Toronto Partners for Student Nutrition (TPSN) placed a moratorium on the division of municipal and provincial funding that provides subsidy for existing breakfast and food programs in schools.
Hospital emergency staff need more training in sickle cell crisis screening, say medical professionals. Physicians at The Scarborough Hospital acknowledged that this process is currently flawed, which is detrimental for sufferers. The Scarborough Hospital implemented a new sickle cell crisis protocol in its emergency department last month in what physicians are calling a move to “serve a diverse population.”
A new program designed by a team from the Rouge Valley Health System (RVHS) will ensure priority patients receive their surgeries first. “This new program is about equity and fairness to make sure that you get your surgery when you need it,” said Renate Ilse, RVHS’s program director of surgery, endoscopy, and central processing.
More than five million bats have been killed in Eastern Canada and the United States in recent years due to a disease called white-nose syndrome. The culprit: a European fungus that more than likely arrived in North America on the boots of an unsuspecting traveller.