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HEU concerned some health records may be compromised

The US company outsourced to transcribe medical records at several Lower Mainland hospitals has filed for bankruptcy.

The Hospital Employees Union wants to know whether this means health records could be compromised.

Dr Michael Krausz applauds the provincial government's establishment of a new acute behavioral stabilization unit at St Paul's Hospital

Dr Michael Krausz joins BC Almanac on Thursday March 21st.

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Dr. Anna Nazif interview on CBC On the Coast

Dr. Anna Nazif was a guest of On the Coast on CBC with host Matthew Lazin-Ryder.

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Doors open at St. Paul's Hospital mental health emergency unit

Photograph by: Jason Payne , PNG

Nine beds, seclusion rooms, and safety measures such as doors with unbreakable glass and bathrooms free of anything that patients can harm themselves are part of a new unit at Vancouver's St. Paul's Hospital for people with severe mental illnesses or addictions.

The acute behavioural stabilization unit is part of a government promise to address what Vancouver police have described as a mental health crisis in the city.

Dedicated downtown Vancouver mental health unit opens


A dedicated section has officially opened at St. Paul’s Hospital for cases of mental illness and addictions that previously saw patients treated in a cycle of “revolving doors.”

B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake said Wednesday the new $1.85-million acute behavioural stabilization unit would operate with referrals based on individual assessments by police and emergency room officials.

B.C. names Canada’s first seniors advocate

Isobel Mackenzie, who led B.C.’s largest not-for-profit community- and senior-serving body for nearly two decades, has been named the first seniors advocate in the province – and the country.

Mental health unit opened at St. Paul’s Hospital

Six months after Vancouver’s mayor declared a mental health crisis, the province has introduced a couple of measures to help out.

St. Paul’s Hospital is opening a nine-bed Acute Behavioural Stabilization Unit built to help patients for an average of two days each. An assertive outreach team will also help people with mental illness connect with services.

Jason Howe Reports

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New mental-health unit launches at St. Paul’s Hospital

A nine-bed emergency psychiatric unit will open at St. Paul’s Hospital this week.

B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake announced the new Acute Behavioural Stabilization Unit today (March 19), which will be open 24 hours a day and will consist of short-stay admissions of up to 48 hours.

The initiative was part of a plan released by the provincial government in November 2013, in response to a request from Vancouver’s mayor and police chief for more support for people with severe, untreated mental illnesses.

Yolande Cole Reports

Vancouver prescription heroin users wage court battle with the feds

ANOTHER VANCOUVER-BASED HARM-REDUCTION initiative is entering the courts in a battle with the federal government.

On March 25, Providence Health Care and five long-time opiate users will appear in B.C. Supreme Court as plaintiffs in an effort to secure diacetylmorphine, or prescription heroin, as a legal means of managing addiction.

Male heart attack patients receive faster care than women: study

If you’re rushed to hospital with a heart attack, your odds of getting treated quickly may depend on your sex: a new Canadian study suggests that men receive faster care than women when it comes to heart attacks.

Men seem to get access to procedures like receiving an electrocardiogram or getting medicine to unblock clogged arteries within the recommended time frame after arriving at the emergency room while women wait longer, a Quebec study warns. Women were also less likely to receive these invasive treatments overall.

Carmen Chai from Global BC reports


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