Northern Health Announces New Registration Program
Northern Health has announced the launch of a new registration program for patients at hospitals and health centres.
Right now.. the hospital in Prince George is the only facility that has registration clerks working 24-hours a day.
In other places, nursing staff register after-hours patients, once they've been assessed or triaged.
But beginning this month, after-hours patients in Burns Lake, Smithers, Houston, Hazelton and Kitimat can automatically connect with registration nurses remotely using a video phone.
Northern Health says the change will allow clinical staff to focus on patient care.
Twenty-seven-thousand emergency department patients used the system during a pilot project.
In May, it will be added in Terrace, Prince Rupert, Haida Gwaii, Stewart and Dease Lake.