Telus has been a long-standing supporter of our work. And while they have supported a number of initiatives over the years including a $40,000 donation to our capital campaign for an all-new residential home, we wanted to highlight their support of our Nurse Practitioner program. This program started in 2015 and with the help of Telus, we were able to continue supporting our client’s primary health needs.
With funding, we’re able to treat the whole person: emotional, psychological and physical. Because of the TELUS donation, we were able to bridge a significant gap by bringing critically-important primary care to the at-risk youth that are in residential treatment for substance use and mental health issues.
Our clients have benefited tremendously by the services provided by our Nurse Practitioners including medical support for prescription management, eating disorders, self-harm behaviours, smoking cessation, opiate overdose risk and prevention including Naloxone training, among many others.
Without the Nurse Practitioner, our ability to address the primary health care needs of our clients would be severely compromised – leading to longer wait times, increased client drop-out rates, and ultimately poorer outcomes. This gap would also add a significant burden on the clinical team and lead to inefficient and logistically-challenging trips to walk-in clinics and emergency rooms.
In a period of 15 months, youth were able to see a nurse practitioner a total of 585 times.
Thank you, TELUS!