Truro to write letter to province in support of SANE position at Truro hospital: mayor

Truro Mayor Bill Mills says council will support a request from a local MLA to write the province and push for a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre.

Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River MLA Lenore Zann spoke to council, along with members of the Colchester Sexual Assault Centre (CSAC) and the Lotus Centre, pointing out that Colchester is the only area without this position.

Stories have surfaced in recent weeks of women who were not received properly at the Truro hospital, and Zann says there's nothing in place locally for someone who comes forward despite the large population in the region.

SANE programs currently operate in Antigonish, New Glasgow, Halifax, Dartmouth, Lower Sackville, Yarmouth, and the Port Hawkesbury area, with the province recently announcing sites will be added in Cape Breton, the Annapolis Valley, and South Shore.

Zann requested the town write to Premier Stephen McNeil, Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey, Colchester North MLA Karen Casey, and Justice Minister Mark Furey, adding that she'll also be speaking to the County on this matter.

CSAC Executive Director Kendra MacKinnon told council that several nurses have contacted the centre about this issue, so there shouldn't be a lack of interested people.

Lotus Centre Executive Director Tracey Dorrington-Skinner says the SANE training is critical, as being able to walk a victim through the process makes it much easier for them.