New Brunswick’s Horizon Health Network has officially announced the opening of the Salisbury Primary Health Care Office. Located at Salisbury Pharmacy at 3154 Main Street and staffed by Nurse Practitioner Jaelle Poirier and Administrator Krista Ogilvie, the office is open two days each week with a mandate to serve residents of the region who are currently without access to a primary health care provider; that is, a family doctor or nurse practitioner. Potential patients must register in advance via Patient Connect NB, which can be accessed by phoning Tele-Care (811) or visiting Tele-Care online (https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/health/Hospital-Services/content/Patient_Connect_NB.html). Patients are seen on Mondays and Fridays between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm by appointment only, while Tuesdays will be administration days. There will be no after-hours or walk-in appointments offered. In a press release, Kathleen Buchanen, Horizon’s Director of Primary Health Care for the Moncton Area, says patients who have registered with Patient Connect NB “are being contacted and the reception has been positive.” Horizon Vice President Community Jean Daigle notes that “none of this would have been possible without the collaboration from the Village of Salisbury.” Nurse practitioners are trained to diagnose and treat common acute health problems, monitor and manage chronic diseases, and prescribe diagnostic testing, medications, and other treatments.
Pictured (left to right) in front of Salisbury Pharmacy are: Kathleen Buchanen (Director, Primary Health Care Program-Moncton Area), Terry Keating (Mayor, Village of Salisbury), Dyson Jones (Owner/Pharmacist, Salisbury Pharmacy Ltd.), Jean Daigle (Vice-President Community, Horizon Health Network), and Blake Bartlett (Councillor, Village of Salisbury).