Over the past few months, Medavie Health Services paramedics and frontline teams have been working tirelessly in the fight against COVID-19 – from performing regular duties while under extreme pressures to helping keep non-urgent cases out of the hospital to conducting testing in local communities and at provincial borders. These efforts have not gone unnoticed and we are pleased to announce that Medavie Health Services has received a contract to provide primary, public and emergency health services to a number of Canada’s remote Indigenous communities as they continue to battle this pandemic.
Through our newly-received three-month contract, with a possible three-month extension, paramedics will be engaged to provide a surge capacity response to remote Indigenous communities in northern Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Just as our paramedics do back home, they will provide direct patient care and consultation, and assist with local health care programs. Most importantly, they will work alongside other health care professionals in these communities, including First Nations and Inuit Health Branch-employed nurses, ensuring that nursing stations and health centres can continue to provide life-saving care to their communities.
In addition to this contract being a strong endorsement of our capabilities, it also presents a rare opportunity for our paramedics to utilize their professional skills in locations they might otherwise never visit, let alone work in. Primary Care and Advanced Care Paramedics will be deployed in two to four week shifts and will work with Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners to respond to urgent community health care needs and medical emergencies when they arise.
This is an exciting opportunity, both for Medavie Health Services and the paramedics who will be part of it and we’re looking forward to their experiences and successes over the coming months.