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Collaborative Emergency Centres

Collaborative Emergency Centres (CECs) are an innovative way to improve access to both primary health care and emergency care.

CECs were first introduced in Nova Scotia. This model of health care delivery improves access to stable, reliable primary health care, reduces emergency room visits and increases patient and provider satisfaction.

Saskatchewan has introduced Collaborative Emergency Centres to address the challenges of providing health care in rural communities.

The province’s first CEC opened in Maidstone in September 2013, followed by Shaunavon in November 2013 and Canora in July 2014.

How CECs work

CECs are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

A primary health care team, including physicians and nurse practitioners, offers extended access hours during the day.

Overnight (8:00 pm to 8:00 am), a registered nurse and paramedic provide urgent care assessments and treatments, with physician oversight through the emergency medical services system. Physicians working with the STARS (air medical services) provide overnight consultation by phone. The majority of patients presenting at Saskatchewan CECs after 8 pm have their needs met through treatment at the CEC or referral to the primary health care team the next day.

If a patient arrives at the CEC with serious or life-threatening injuries, they are transported by ambulance to the closest, most appropriate medical facility. Saskatchewan patient options in emergency situations include STARS, air ambulance or ground ambulance depending on their location and condition.

CEC benefits to patients

  • 24/7 access to emergency services
  • Evening and weekend access to primary health care providers
  • Stable access to urgent and emergent care
  • Access to same day and next day appointments
  • Shorter waits at Emergency Departments
  • Stable access to urgent and emergent care

CEC benefits to community

CECs help ease the burden on rural physicians by reducing their call coverage to local emergency departments and make the most of existing resources by allowing nurses and paramedics to work their full scope of practice. Also, CECs support stability of health providers in the community by offering a better work-life balance and a collaborative work environment.

Maidstone CEC

Maidstone became the first community in Saskatchewan to open a CEC in September 2013. Through the CEC, residents in Maidstone and surrounding areas are receiving appropriate care sooner, closer to home.

Contact information:

Collaborative Emergency Centre
Maidstone Health Complex, 214 – 5th. Ave. E.

Area residents can call (306) 893‐2622 for more information about the Maidstone CEC.

Shaunavon CEC

The CEC in Shaunavon was opened to the public in November 2013.

Contact information:

Collaborative Emergency Centre
660 4th St. E.

Area residents can call (306) 297‐1940 for more information about the Shaunavon CEC.

Canora CEC

The Collaborative Emergency Centre in Canora began offering services to the public in July 2014.

Contact information:

Canora Hospital
1219 Main Street
Phone: 306-563-5621

Canora Medical Clinic (located inside the hospital)
Phone: 306-563-5557

Wakaw and Spiritwood CECs

CECs are currently being developed at Wakaw and Spiritwood.

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