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December 19, 2019 Multi-province primary care research project puts patients first

By Melanie Jollymore


Any time his stage-four COPD flares up, Sheldon Williams can end up spending several breathless hours in the emergency room, waiting to be assessed and given the medication he needs to clear the obstructive secretions from his compromised lungs.

The Shelburne-area resident is eager to see if his participation in a health services study through the Shelburne Collaborative Family Practice will improve his access to timely care when he has a flare.

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December 18, 2019 Avon Medical Clinic: Collaboration between health care providers allows for ‘much more comprehensive visits’ for patients

By Deidre Taylor


The Avon Medical Clinic in Windsor was established just over a year ago, when two family physicians, a family practice nurse, a nurse practitioner and clerical staff came together to form a collaborative family practice team.

When a variety of health professionals work together as part of a collaborative family practice team, it creates capacity within the team to be able to efficiently see patients, especially when patients see the most appropriate provider for their health care needs. 

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July 10, 2019 New Primary Health Care Clinic Opens Its Doors In Shelburne

By Deidre Taylor

(Published in Nova Scotia Health's 2018/19 Annual Report)


The Shelburne collaborative family practice team opened the doors of its new primary health care clinic to patients in early February.

“This clinic space is a lot bigger and more suited to our needs,” said Dr. John Keeler, a family physician with the Shelburne Family Practice team.

“This is a space specifically for a collaborative practice. It’s a lot better for staff, providers and patients.”

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January 15, 2019 Video: Springhill collaborative family practice team works together

Learn how the team at the Collaborative Family Practice in Springhill are making their healthcare model work for their community, and their work-life balance.

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July 11, 2018 Patients benefit from comprehensive team-based care

By Margaret Angus

(Published in Nova Scotia Health's 2017/18 Annual Report)


"I liked it from Day One," Len Thomas said of his experience as a patient at the Eastside Collaborative Care Centre. He has been a patient at this collaborative practice in New Glasgow for the past five years.

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July 11, 2018 Shelburne's new collaborative health centre

(Published in Nova Scotia Health's 2017/18 Annual Report)


Work continues on the new collaborative health centre being built next to Roseway Hospital. Construction is expected to be complete in fall 2018.

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July 11, 2018 Building and strengthening primary health care

By Deidre Taylor 

(Published in Nova Scotia Health's 2017/18 Annual Report)


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June 6, 2018 A Prescription to Read at Digby & Area Health Services Centre

When children come to see Angela Morgan, the family practice nurse at the Digby & Area Health Services Centre, they don’t just get needles. 

When Angela sees children for their wellness checks she asks if they are being read to daily. “When children are read to daily, it has a positive impact on their outcomes,” said Angela. “It can improve kids’ success in school, their language and social skills, and even help when they eventually enter the workforce. Being read to makes kids healthier.”

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March 20, 2018 Cape Bretoners are fans of health-care teams

(Published in the Cape Breton Post)


Creating teams of physicians, nurse practitioners and other health-care providers won’t just help people who don’t have family doctors — it could save lives.

Earlene MacMullin attended a community information session on collaborative-care practices in Sydney on Monday night.

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March 6, 2018 Sydney doctor switches to collaborative practice, takes on new patients

By Wendy Martin

(Published by CBC News)


Collaborative model allowing Dr. Steven MacDougall to take on as many as 40 new patients a month

A longtime doctor in Sydney, N.S., is accepting as many as 40 new patients a month from the provincial doctor wait list after switching his practice to a collaborative model.

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