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Ultrasound Companion Policy

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Open to Interior Region, Patient partners in the Penticton area

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Have you had your partner attend a prenatal ultrasound examination? Interior Health is addressing their policy and would like the patient perspective included.

Open to: Patient partners in the Penticton area

Lead Organization or Department

Interior Health, Diagnostic Imaging

Aim

To engage patients in revising the policy while considering the impact to staff in the Ultrasound Department.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of collaborate (at a local community or program level) on the spectrum of engagement (www.iap2.org).  The promise to you is that the health care partner will look to you for advice in decision making, developing alternatives, and solutions and include your recommendations into the decision as much as possible.

Eligibility

  • Comfortable sharing your experience
  • No experience with ultrasound or any diagnostic imaging is required
  • Patients should have previously attended a PVN orientation session. If you have not attended an orientation but are interested please contact the Engagement Leader directly to see if accommodations may be possible

Logistics

  • Vacancies: 1 (one has already been filled)
  • Meetings are held once a month, either in Penticton or by teleconference
  • Commitment: 7-12 months

Reimbursement

No expenses are covered at this time. The health care partner is exploring if parking costs can be covered.

Background

This is in response to many concerns addressed on social media and complaints from patients regarding the companion policy for Interior Health obstetrical ultrasounds.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Carol Stathers
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Okanagan, Interior Region
778.516.3308
cstathers@bcpsqc.ca

From Our Community

Derek Koch

Spiritual Health Practitioner and Patient- and Family-Centred Care Lead — Kelowna General Hospital

Derek Koch

The bottom line is because we’re caring for patients. People who know best are those who are receiving the care so it makes logical sense that we would consult with them about their experiences. By connecting with PVN we have been able to educate our teams about the value of patient partners and how important their perspective is in our services.