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On July 10, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority announced a catastrophic blow to the provision of innovative health care for the women of Manitoba. A news release about budget cuts announced the health authority will be " redirecting many services provided by the Mature Women's Centre at Victoria Hospital by Oct. Those requiring care by subspecialists will be accommodated at HSC [Health Sciences Centre] through a redirection of existing resources.
Contrary to what is being touted by leadership to the public, there are no specific plans regarding the continuing clinical care of our patients. This is not a program shift but a deliberate dismantling of a successful and beneficial cost-saving program. There will be an abrupt termination of our innovative and professional interdisciplinary staff, which includes menopause nurse clinicians, a pharmacist, a kinesiologist and a dietician.
I would like to highlight some of the statements from communications sent by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority: "WRHA changes will provide better care delivered more effectively," they said, and " consolidation of health centres builds on excellence. There will no longer be a consolidated centre of excellence in menopause medicine.
Women will not be empowered to make choices regarding their options by working with a multidisciplinary team of specially trained professionals. The menopause program is interdisciplinary and nurse-managed. It provides a platform to use the latest evidence-based menopause medical care for both low- and high-risk women as they navigate through the peri- and post-menopausal transition.
Many of these women are young cancer survivors, have premature ovarian failure and numerous medical conditions that place them in high-risk that require individualized assessment, interventions and followup. Other, lower-risk women struggling to navigate through the menopause transition have sought information and care unsuccessfully throughout the medical system. Many were finally referred to the program by their health-care providers for consolidated care. Our objectives are to ensure that we deliver quality care and provide services that maintain health, prevent disease and improve physical, psychological and sexual well-being.
This move will also terminate the HAlt program and procedure room, which is a centre of excellence for the investigation and management of abnormal uterine bleeding as well as uterine fibroids. The Hysterectomy Alternative program HAlt and procedure room has been established to use a new paradigm in the diagnosis and management of abnormal uterine bleeding and uterine fibroids in pre- and perimenopausal women. This innovative approach allows for a one-stop assessment, diagnosis and management plan, using diagnostic hysteroscopy and endometrial biopsy in our procedure room.
The patient is able to visualize the problem and an immediate discussion about management takes place. Direct visualization of the uterine cavity with a hysteroscope allows us to make an immediate diagnosis using a new classification, which determines the actual cause of the bleeding rather than depend on symptoms alone or imaging ultrasound, CT scans or MRI. This process is very accurate and safe. It is efficient, cost-effective and well accepted by our patients.
The traditional model, where the diagnosis is symptom-based, may involve more investigation and imaging, several subsequent visits and trials of various interventions, which increases costs.
The closure of our procedure room is a ificant step backwards and forces women to have their surgery in the main operating room, which is less cost-effective and adds more stress with greater intervention. Many patients tell us how relieved they are to have found our centre.
Some have struggled for years before finding us. It is apparent that the services provided by the Mature Women's Centre are poorly understood, and there is little appreciation that this move:. We must be advocates for women of all ages to have full control and say over their own bodies as well as where they have access to quality health education and care serviced by a consolidated collective of health professionals, strong, powerful and heard — no exceptions.
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Boroditsky is a professor in the department of obstetrics at the University of Manitoba, and head of the university section of gynecology. Social Sharing. It dismantles a consolidated, cost-saving program that provides unique services. Women losing out over hormone therapy fears, some experts say 'There are other options': Pallister says private sector better bet for physiotherapy, occupational therapy 'I expect there will be more claims': more lawsuits could follow after worker sues Winnipeg health authority This move will also terminate the HAlt program and procedure room, which is a centre of excellence for the investigation and management of abnormal uterine bleeding as well as uterine fibroids.
It is apparent that the services provided by the Mature Women's Centre are poorly understood, and there is little appreciation that this move: Will not necessarily "provide better care more effectively. Will most likely drive up costs. Is not just a matter of redirecting care; it is an issue of deprioritizing women's health. Related Stories Coming cuts to health services for newborns, moms 'staggering,' nurses union says Cuts to Winnipeg audiologists put patients at risk, says union 'I'll be wearing a bikini soon': More P.Mature women winnipeg
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