The first primary care centre in Vancouver officially opened its doors today.
Located at 1290 Hornby Street, the new facility is the fifth urgent primary care centre to open under the government’s primary care strategy.
“This centre will help better connect local residents with the primary care they need,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, in a release.
“This includes addressing the challenge many face in getting same same-day or next-day appointments. By being available for extended hours and on weekends, the urgent primary care centre will help people access the health-care services they need at the right time, and lessen demand on area emergency departments.”
The centre will serve individuals with non-life-threatening conditions who need to see a medical professional within 12 to 24 hours, but do not need to visit an emergency department.
The centre will provide care for nearly 35,000 patients in Vancouver’s downtown core and West End every year.
Beginning January 2019, the centre will also offer services to help nearly 10,000 patients connect with primary care providers in the community.
The government’s primary care strategy, 10 urgent primary care centres will open around BC by Spring 2019.
In June 2018, the province’s first urgent primary care facility opened in Surrey.