Funding Announced for IWK Capital Equipment

first_imgThe province is investing $3.5 million in new hospital equipment for the women and children served by the IWK, Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson announced today, July 12. “New technology and equipment are important in continuing to provide safe, quality health care services,” said Mr. Wilson. “This investment will improve care and enhance safety for patients throughout the province.” The funding includes about $3 million to replace 19 anesthesia machines and monitors at the IWK Health Centre hospital, as well as and $500,000 for new and upgraded pharmacy and laboratory equipment. The hospital will also receive funding towards a $102,000 laparoscopic system for minimally invasive surgery. “This new equipment will directly benefit the care of the women, children, youth and families served by the IWK each day,” said Anne McGuire, president and CEO of the IWK Health Centre. “The province’s investment in medical technology allows our staff and physicians to provide the best possible care today, which will in turn lead to healthier generations of Maritimers.” Under the cost-share formula for capital equipment, the Department of Health and Wellness will pay 75 per cent of the cost for the equipment and the district health authority IWK will pay 25 per cent, which was raised by the IWK Health Care Foundation through donations. The province’s investment is part of $15 million announced in December from its Jobs and Building 2012/13 Capital Plan. The money is earmarked for district health authorities and the IWK Health centre to purchase or replace necessary equipment.last_img read more

Deaths of two brothers the worst tragedy to ever hit Sligo community

first_imgA LOCAL COUNCILLOR in the Tubbercurry area of Sligo has said the community is “shocked and absolutely stunned” by the deaths of two young brothers at their home on Saturday.Nine-year-old Brandon Skeffington was found with stab wounds at the family’s house in Banada, near Tubbercurry on Saturday evening. It is reported today that the young boy was found by his parents when they returned home and was taken by air ambulance to hospital where he died of his injuries.His older brother, Shane, who was 20-years-old, was also found dead in a shed beside their home and gardaí believe he stabbed his little brother and then took his own life.A garda source told that Shane was known to gardaí for minor offences but had no convictions. Preliminary post-mortem results are due today but gardaí are not currently looking for anyone else in connection with their deaths.Fianna Fáil councillor Jerry Lundy described the incident as “the worst tragedy that has ever hit this part of the country”.Lundy offered his deepest sympathy to the family of the two brothers and said the community will do everything possible to console and support them over the months ahead.“You never get over this type of thing,” he said. “It’s such a fright also for the local national school where this little boy was in third class – all those young boys and girls in the school are wondering what happened”.Read: Post-mortems under way on brothers found dead at Sligo house>last_img read more