Eight new beds are coming to the John M. Gray Centre long-term care facility in St. Anthony.
Premier Dwight Ball announced the addition of the beds at the Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony on Wednesday afternoon.
He was joined by St. Barbe – L’Anse aux Meadows MHA Christopher Mitchelmore.
“We’re very pleased to make this announcement, in addition to the 47 long-term and 32 cottages at the John M. Gray Centre,” Ball told the crowd who packed the space in the rotunda of the hospital.
According to Ball, the new beds will help address the waitlist for long-term care and the high number of alternate level of care patients in the region.
The premier said the beds will be opened once renovations are finished at the John M. Gray Centre.
In addition, Labrador-Grenfell Health (LGH) will be adding two personal care attendant positions to their Home First team.
Attendants will work with clients and complex care needs in their own homes.
Recruitment for these positions will begin in the coming weeks.
“The Home First approach was designed to provide enhanced support to help people remain in their homes, which is what they have been asking for,” said Ball.
A new primary health care team will also be established in St. Anthony.
According to a press release from the Dept of Health and Community Services, it will build on the work already being done by primary health care practitioners in the region and will be developed in consultation with the community and health care providers.
The announcement in St. Anthony was one of several made this week by the Ball government, and ahead of next week’s provincial budget.
Ball has said a provincial election will be held before the end of June.
However, the premier has not yet announced the exact date.