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COPD Testing Now Available in Eastern Charlotte County

(Blacks Harbour) May 21, 2019 - Thanks to a generous donation from a local family, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) testing is now available in Eastern Charlotte County.

Horizon's Fundy Health Centre (FHC) has developed and implemented a program to support residents in Eastern Charlotte County who are living with COPD. Upstream, an 18-month project funded by the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI), is focused on the early screening and support for people living with COPD.

As a result of a generous donation from the Gallant Family, the FHC team was able to purchase equipment for the implementation of a community-based, pulmonary rehabilitation program for residents in Eastern Charlotte County.

"It is important that people living in rural communities have equitable, timely and appropriate access to health care programs and services," said Dan Doherty, Director of Primary Health Care for the Saint John Area. "Having this kind of support, right here in Eastern Charlotte County is crucial to supporting the health and wellness of our community."

The eight-week program has demonstrated positive results for participants and improvements in overall health and wellness.

One patient said the program helped them get the education they were longing for, that it reduced their anxiety in dealing with shortness of breath by using the new breathing techniques they learned.

Program participants are referred by Respirologist Dr. Oriano Andreani, and the program is led by Registered Nurse Anne MacLean, Licensed Practical Nurse Dianne Stewart and Nurse Practitioners Stephanie Henry and Kate Burkholder.


PHOTO - From left to right are: Paul Gallant, Respirologist Dr. Oriano Andreani, Laura Gallant, Kenny Gallant, Registered Nurse Anne McLean, and Sherrie Gallant.

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Emely Poitras
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