Yorkton: The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is cutting life saving microbiology testing from the Yorkton Regional Hospital. Starting on May 2, microbiology samples from Yorkton and the surrounding area will now be sent to Regina for processing.
“Our Microbiology lab diagnoses critical illnesses such as staph infections, sepsis, meningitis, and post-op infections. The range of tests the government is cutting include microbial organism identification and sensitivity reporting, which is used to identify which treatment options should be given to patients to effectively counter infections,” said Linda Renkas, Regional Vice-President, CUPE 5430. “If treatment or diagnosis is delayed, the consequences can be life threatening.”