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How will your patients access after-hours care over the holidays?

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Good work-life balance is essential to the health of you and your practice. Making alternative care arrangements for when you are away is as important to the health of your patients. If you or your staff will be taking a much-needed break over the holidays, please plan ahead to make sure urgent patient needs and critical test results are responded to promptly.

“Nobody should be working 24-hours a day, seven days a week. It’s about working together, connecting with your colleagues, to strike a balance for everyone. We know this can be done.”Dr. Trevor Theman

We’ve heard that in rural communities and in smaller physician office groups, managing after-hours care appropriately involves creative solutions. We know it can happen. How do you manage? Can some of your good ideas help others?

Join the conversation! Share your experiences, what works and what doesn’t.


About Dr. Theman:
Dr. Trevor Theman received his MD from the University of Alberta in 1974 and completed his training in general surgery at the University of Alberta and the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, before setting up a general surgery practice in Edmonton in 1980. While still in practice, Dr. Theman was elected to the Council of the CPSA serving two terms as president before accepting in 1998 as assistant registrar for complaints, and in 2005 as registrar of the CPSA, his current role.

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Jessica Simon

I use AHS’s Advance care planning and goals of care tracking record (converstaionsmatter.ca) to document the crucial conversations I’ve had with patients about their values, preferences and personal goals. Along with their goals of care designation order and green sleeve this helps communicate to the covering or emergency health care team what’s important to my patient.  I can enjoy my time away knowing that my patients are more likely to receive care consistent with their preferences, even if they lose the ability to communicate and I’m not around to share what I know about the person.