New health service comes to Hay River

Physiotherapist Tash Erickson takes a break between clients at the Don Stewart Recreation Centre Nov. 13. The newly introduces private service will be back in Hay River Dec. 9. Photo by Sarah Ladik NNSL

Physiotherapist Tash Erickson takes a break between clients at the Don Stewart Recreation Centre Nov. 13. The newly introduces private service will be back in Hay River Dec. 9.
Photo by Sarah Ladik
NNSL

Hay River residents saw a new health service added last week when Yellowknife-based LCP Health brought in a travelling physiotherapy clinic.
“We’re a totally northern company,” said Jill Rivera, LCP Health’s office manager. “We’re hoping to come about every five weeks or so.”
Rivera said the private clinic would take on cases involving insurance and workers’ compensation claims, but is certainly also open to interested individuals.
Far from competing with the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority, Rivera said LCP Health and the authority are working in partnership to decrease waiting times for physiotherapy services through the public health system.
“We wanted to strike a happy balance,” she said. “When there are more services offered, the wait times go down across the board.”
LCP Health has come to Hay River before with other services, such as ergonomics, but last week was the first time the company brought a physiotherapist. Treatment can help with general fitness levels, rehabilitation after injury and prevention of injuries.
The company has been working in Yellowknife since 2004 and, according to Rivera, normally relies on word of mouth to increase its client base.
“Hay River was the next logical step for us,” she said. “It’s not too far away and we can come on a regular basis.”
Erin Griffiths, executive assistant and physician recruitment officer for the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority, said having more healthcare choices in town is a good thing.
“It’s just another service option for residents,” she said. “It’s a great thing to have here in addition to what we can offer.”
Despite possible concerns of creating a two-tier healthcare system, Griffiths said the private clinic would only offer more choices for residents in Hay River. With only one physiotherapist employed by the health authority itself, waiting lists can grow long quickly.
“It’s all about having more options,” said Griffiths.
LCP Health will be back for follow-ups and to take on new clients on Dec. 9 at the Doug Weiterman Hall in the Don Stewart Recreation Centre.

–Sarah Ladik