Port aux Basques Area
Port aux Basques is a town at the extreme southwestern tip of the island of Newfoundland and is often called the "Gateway to Newfoundland" as the ferry terminal to Nova Scotia is located here. It is the largest town in the area and is the main service center for surrounding areas including Codroy Valley, Burnt Islands, Rose Blanche, Isle Aux Morts and LaPoile. According to the 2011 Census, the total population of these areas is 8,480.
The Dr. Charles L. LeGrow Health Centre is located in Port aux Basques and provides Primary, Secondary, and Long-Term Care Services for residents of the Southwest Coast. Port aux Basques is located 219 km from Western Memorial Regional Hospital in Corner Brook (approximately 2 hours and 20 minute drive).
Health services available from Western Health in the Port Aux Basques Area include:
- Rural Medical Clinics: In addition to the Dr. Charles LeGrow Health Centre, there are 3 medical clinics located in the area serviced by a nurse practitioner:
- Rose Blanche Medical Clinic with Nurse Practitioner services
- LaPoile Medical Clinic with physician or Nurse Practitioner services
- Doyles Medical Clinic with physician services 2 days/week and Nurse Practitioner services 2 days a week
- Long Term Care: The Dr. Charles LeGrow Health Centre has 30 long term care beds.
- Community Based Health Services: Western Health also offers the following community based services to the population of the PAB area: Mental Health and Addictions, Speech Language Pathology, Audiology (located in Stephenville but has a travelling clinic), Community Health Nurses: Continuing Care Focus, Community Health Nurses: Public Health Focus, Community Supports, Primary Health Care Wellness Facilitator (located in Stephenville Crossing but provides service to the area).
The Southwest Coast Primary Health Care Management Team monitors and supports Primary Health Care in the PAB area. A multidisciplinary Primary Health Care Team works together to maintain and improve the services and well-being of the residents of the PAB area, adhering to the Principles of Primary Health Care and incorporating these into community partnerships to build community capacity.
The PAB Community Advisory Committee (CAC) works with the Primary Health Care Teams to act as community champions to provide support and assistance in planning, implementing, and evaluating Primary Health Care initiatives. The Committee is made up of members from various communities throughout the PAB area and has included representatives from education, healthcare, towns, churches, as well as a representative from Western Health.
The PAB CAC utilizes a population health approach to address the needs of the population of the area. The PAB CAC has supported numerous healthy living events throughout the area in partnership with the Bruce II Sports Complex as well as hosting Breakfast Healthy Living Sessions with the Business Community for Small Business Week in 2011. Most recently, they were successful in their submission of a Provincial Wellness Grant for an Intergenerational Community Gardens project that will build capacity and skills of the population of the area.
The PAB CAC is excited about the opportunities to improve the health of the population in the area and expand it membership. For more information on how to become a member, please click here.