Shoppers Drug Mart announced the opening of its first managed medical clinic in Toronto on Wednesday.
Located at Lawrence Avenue and Dufferin Street, the Health Clinic by Shoppers is a primary-care and family practice clinic, “providing patients with convenient, one-stop access to medical services and trusted advice.”
This isn’t the last location that will be opening in the city, as two more Health Clinic’s are expected to launch over the next year in the Greater Toronto Area.
The clinic will provide patients with extended operating hours and increased technology to make healthcare more accessible.
It will also be offering virtual options to its patients including online appointment booking and virtual care options through Medeo solutions. On top of this, electronic health records will be available through the AccuroEMR platform.
“We know Canadians want and need more from their primary care. The world changed quickly and dramatically this year, highlighting the need for more accessible healthcare options for patients – whether that means extended hours and more convenient locations for in-person services, or virtual care services for all patients including those who don’t currently have access to a family physician,” says Jeff Leger, President, Shoppers Drug Mart.
“The Health Clinic by Shoppers combines convenience and technology in a way that is increasingly relevant to Canadians looking for health and wellness support.”
As many are familiar with the company and its almost 1,300 Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix stores across the country, this isn’t the first time its expanded its range of healthcare services.
The business also operates 47 medical clinic pharmacies–Shoppers Simply Pharmacy, and two standalone locations named The Beauty Clinic by Shoppers. They also manage 43 corporate Wellwide by Shoppers Drug Mart stores.
Back in June, the company additionally launched Medical Cannabis by Shoppers, which provides same-day medical cannabis delivery in and around the GTA.
For the opening of the Health Clinic by Shoppers, the corporation put together a team of individuals with “extensive experience” in health clinic operations and management. They also established a Physician Advisory Board to support the “design and implementation” of the new health clinic model.
“The COVID 19 pandemic has had a substantial impact on both the way Canadians access health care and on how physicians deliver primary care to their patients,” says Dr. Barry McLellan of the Health Clinic by Shoppers Physician Advisory Board.
“Through an enhanced experience of consistent quality of care, convenient hours, technology-enabled and virtual care services all delivered in a modern clinic space, the Health Clinic by Shoppers is uniquely positioned to provide high-quality, patient-centered healthcare to Canadians.”