WDMH supports their community through education; offering numerous FREE education programs available throughout the year

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WINCHESTER — Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) is committed to helping our local communities stay healthy. This month, there are three new community education programs being offered. All sessions are free of charge.

“We want patients and families to be partners in their care,” explains Cholly Boland, CEO. “These education sessions are one way that we connect with our local communities and share important preventative health care information.”

On May 15, WDMH’s Diabetes Education team presents the next Community Diabetes Education Session. Chiropodist Alison Sue-Ping will talk about the effect that diabetes has on your feet. The session takes place in the Dillabough Building, right beside the hospital Emergency from 7 to 8 p.m. No registration is necessary.

In partnership with the Champlain Hospice Palliative Care Program, WDMH is offering four community sessions regarding Advance Care Planning and Health Care Consent. Advance Care Planning is a process of thinking about and sharing your wishes for your future health and personal care. It can help you tell others what would be important if you were unable to speak for yourself. Sessions take place on May 15 at 2 p.m. at WDMH; on June 19 at 7 p.m. at the Dundas County Hospice; on September 11 at 7 p.m. at South Mountain Library and on October 16 in Iroquois (time and location to be determined). To register for a session, please contact WDMH Social Worker Kimberly Paterson at 613-774-2422 ext. 6125 or kpaterson@wdmh.on.ca.

The Seaway Valley Community Health Centre and WDMH are presenting a six-week program for people living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The goal is to help patients and family members better manage this condition. The sessions take place each Tuesday from May 21 to June 15 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at WDMH. To register, please call 613-774-2422 ext. 6352.

If you would like to provide comments or suggestions about hospital services, contact Cholly Boland, President and CEO, WDMH at 613-774-1049 or by email at cboland@wdmh.on.ca.

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