Primary Care Network to host Health Café

Red Deer Primary Care Network wants to help people stay healthy this winter by hosting another Health Café at Red Deer Lodge on Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Red Deer Primary Care Network wants to help people stay healthy this winter by hosting another Health Café at Red Deer Lodge on Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The information evening features the following subjects: Adult Vaccines You Need to Know About and When to Say NO to Antibiotics.

It is the fourth Health Café held since April. Others have looked at exercise, menopause and how to be a smarter patient. The Jan. 23 session will look at improving sleep.

“We’re all about empowering patients and the public to take better care of themselves,” said Lorna Milkovich, executive director of Red Deer PCN.

“We want them to get the most up-to-date and accurate information and have an opportunity to ask family doctors their questions.”

Milkovich said often people don’t remember or have time to ask their doctors about issues other than urgent health concerns.

Health Cafés are a great opportunity for people to ask doctors questions on certain issues. Once the questions start, they keep coming as people think of more related questions.

The PCN also gathers topic ideas at the cafés for future events.

Dr. Maureen McCall and Dr. Erin Thompson will lead Monday’s Health Café about preparing for winter illnesses and for travel.

Milkovich said at this time of the year the flu can be a very serious illness that can land people in the hospital and flu immunization can help. There are also vaccinations that can protect against other health problems, as well as travel vaccines.

To reserve a seat at the Health Café, call the PCN at 403-343-9100 or e-mail events@rdpcn.com. Admission is $5 at the door.

From this session forward, health officials leading the Health Cafés will be vide taped and sessions will be made available online at www.reddeerpcn.com.

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