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Health Monitor

TEAMWORK – St. Albert and Sturgeon Primary Care Network pharmacists were awarded the W.L. Boddy Pharmacy Team Award in recognition of its team-based approach.

With so many Albertans losing their jobs due to the economic downturn, the Canadian Mental Health Association released tips on how to maintain mental health while looking for work.

CMHA said it’s normal to experience feelings of frustration, worry, anxiety, anger and grief after a job loss and suggests staying in touch with others who are facing a similar situation, as well as reconnecting with those who mean most to you.

CMHA also suggests exercising, eating and sleeping well, and avoiding negative self-talk while searching for new employment opportunities.

“Keep in mind that job loss during an economic downturn is part of the changing employment landscape and not a reflection of your work or worth,” reads the CMHA publication.

The association also suggests signing up for employment insurance as soon as you have a record of employment and reviewing your budget as soon as possible, for peace of mind.

While feeling tense and sad and not being able to sleep are normal after a lay-off, consider speaking to a doctor or mental health professional if these feelings persist.

Alberta’s Mental Health Helpline is available 24/7 at 1-877-303-2642.

St. Albert and Sturgeon PCN receives award

The St. Albert and Sturgeon County Primary Care Network team was recognized for excellence in pharmacy practice earlier this month.

The team was awarded the W.L. Boddy Pharmacy Team Award by the Alberta College of Pharmacists and the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association at an awards celebration held March 3 in Edmonton.

The award is presented to a healthcare team who positively impacts the health of their community through their collaborative approach.

The pharmacists at the PCN work directly with physicians, nurses and other health care professionals to deliver better patient-centred care.

“We are more efficient and effective when we collaborate with both our pharmacist colleagues and the rest of the multidisciplinary team,” said Tara Grimstead, a pharmacist at the St. Albert and Sturgeon County PCN. “We can do so much more for the patient when we work together.”

The team is responsible for managing an anticoagulation program, a geriatric evaluation and management program, conducting medication reviews, drug therapy monitoring, initial access prescribing and patient education.

Health Canada delisted the opiate-blocker naloxone from its prescription drug list earlier this week.

The federal department released the summary of its consultations Tuesday. It is now up to the provinces to make the life-saving drug available without a prescription – a process that could take several months.

Naloxone can reverse the symptoms of an opioid overdose. The Alberta government has continued to support the change, which would make naloxone more readily available across the province as part of its fight against fentanyl’s rising death toll.

In 2015, fentanyl killed 272 Albertans. Fentanyl overdoses have spiked across the country, but have been the most pronounced in Alberta.

Currently, Naloxone is available at some walk-in clinics, pharmacies, and safe injection sites in Alberta, with a prescription from a doctor or prescribing pharmacist.

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