Sunday, October 10, 2010

New Schedule

Welcome to our Island PTE readers,

This post has been reposted by Gary Gray aka garydotgray from Dr.  Robert S. Coull's blog. This is a departure from the standard PEI medical clinic procedure. It is refreshing  to see real changes being put in place to make accessing health care better for Islanders. Thank you Dr. Coull!

Only time will tell how this new schedule will be both accepted and effective for our  Island families of the 21st century.

New Schedule: "
Our new schedule is now up and running.
Rapid Access Clinic now open
We've moved the appointments around to reduce the waiting times. We've spaced out the medical appointments because they had the longest waits on the day, and we've started our Rapid Access Clinics for people who just need two or three minutes with the doctor. The Rapid Access Clinic runs weekdays from 10am till 11am.

Reduced waiting times
We trialled the new schedule last week, and on Friday (when most of the bumps had been ironed out!) the average waiting time for patients was down to 17 minutes. That's a great improvement from the average of around 1 hour that we had before we moved to the new premises, and the average of 35 minutes that we had with the old schedule. We continue to be able to offer appointments usually within a few days.

Our waiting times (both on the day, and for booking ahead) are displayed on our home page.

New opening hours - evening clinic on Thursdays
A couple of changes to hours as well. This is mainly due to the fact that we have had to postpone having a second doctor. The front desk will be open only from 10am until 2pm daily. We will also only be answering the phones between these hours.

We will now be offering appointments every weekday, but only between 10am and 2pm (except the Treatment Room Nurse who will remain open from 8.20am until 4pm). For patients who find it hard to take time off work, we will be starting an evening clinic running to 6pm on Thursdays from next month.

We're really pleased with this new schedule, and we hope it will make accessing care even easier for our patients.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Neroplacisticy - The Game Changer

Welcome to all of my readers who have suffered brain injury,

Dr Norman Doidge is a Canadian psychiatrist and reacher who has written a book. The name of his book is "The Brain That Changes Itself"  This book is a game changer in the realm of recovery from brain injury. Why? The main reason is because as Dr. Doidge tells us the thinking was over the past four centuries that the brain was a hard wired machine that could not be repaired after it had become damaged.

During his research Dr.. Doidge began hearing that science was learning  in fact the brain did have the ability to repair itself because of the ability to change. In fact the brain was changing every hour and day of our lives. This ability to adapt and change has been given the term Neroplacisticy. Brain Neroplacisticy is the basis from which persons who have suffered a traumatic brain injury can actually achieve an amazing degree of recovery from that injury.

To learn more about this fascinating topic we can read the book "The Brain That Changes Itself" available from as well as most book stores and your local library. Also Dr. David  Suzuki a well known Canadian host of the Canadian Broadcasting Company science documentary "The Nature Of Things" has produced two, one hour long documentries that help us to understand how the brain can be taught to heal itself.

Documentary 1 "The Brain That Changes Itself"

Documentary 2 "Changing Your Mind"

As a stroke survivor I have personally been using the brain teaching methods that are featured in these programs. I am happy to report that my brain  has responded positively over time to recover from the mental effects that had resulted from my stroke - Gary Gray

We are not sure how long these links to the videos will be available to access these two excellent documentaries. If you encounter a broken link please contact us so that we may attempt to find a fix for the problem. (just leave a comment on this post)

For anyone who has encountered Traumatic Brain Injury either personally or by a friend or family member we recommend this game changing information to see how the brain CAN learn, change and heal.

We would love to have you share any experiences that you may have had in this area of brain science. Thanks!

Till next post,