Weeneebayko General Hospital Receives Telestroke Certification

On November 1, 2021, the Weeneebayko General Hospital officially became a Telestroke Referring Site.

Pictured: Meagan Vander Ploeg, Dr. Carina Hoang, Theresa Crann

Dr. Hoang from WGH explains the importance and benefits of this certification:

“Telestroke is a program that helps patients get access to emergency stroke care. When patients first present with a stroke, there is a limited time window for treatment. The Telestroke program allows the emergency physician to immediately connect to and collaborate with an expert stroke neurologist, who can then support treatment decisions.”

Using the Telestroke technology, a stroke neurologist can review CT scan images, connect with the patient through videoconferencing, and give advice to the on-site physicians.

“Telestroke makes it possible for a neurologist to be at the patient’s bedside – even when that patient is hundreds of kilometres away – and assist the local physician with determining the most effective therapy possible.” – Dr. Frank Silver, Neurologist and Medical Director, Telestroke.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Carina Hoang, Theresa Crann and Meagan Vander Ploeg, as well as the rest of the WAHA Stroke Care Services team for this incredible accomplishment!

To learn more about the Telestroke program, please visit https://otn.ca/providers/emergency-services/telestroke/

TO OUR CLIENTS: If you suspect you are having a stroke, please seek medical attention as soon as possible as the treatment is extremely time sensitive. To learn about recognizing the signs of a stroke, please visit https://www.heartandstroke.ca/stroke/signs-of-stroke

Meegwetch,

Weeneebayko Area Health Authority