As of today, Montrealers will have access to 26 winter clinics across the city.
This is Quebec’s second year offering winter clinics, which were implemented last January, in an effort to reduce wait times in the province’s overcrowded emergency rooms.
Quebec’s 55 winter clinics, 26 of which are on the island of Montreal, are for non-urgent health problems and for psychosocial help.
Patients with flu symptoms, gastroenteritis, or other winter cold-related ailments can visit any of the province’s clinics and be seen by a doctor.
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“These clinics offer additional medical consultations by adding operating hours and staff to their regular schedule, in particular in the evening and on the weekend,” states the province’s website. “This allows them to meet the population’s increased consultation needs during the winter, a time of year that is conducive to the circulation of certain viruses.”
According to Quebec’s health system and services website, close to 30,000 people made use of winter clinics throughout the province last year.
A list of Quebec winter clinics and their operating hours can be found online.