2nd quick care clinic opens in Winnipeg
Posted: Nov 23, 2012 1:08 PM CST
Last Updated: Nov 23, 2012 6:41 PM CST
The Manitoba government has opened a second quick care clinic in Winnipeg, designed to treat minor ailments.
The latest clinic, located at 17 St. Mary’s Road in St. Boniface, will start seeing patients on Nov. 26.
There have been more than 7,500 patient visits to the city’s first quick care clinic on McGregor Avenue since it opened in January.
"Quick care clinics, staffed with nurse practitioners and nurses, offer families a convenient alternative for common health concerns, and it's an alternative that's also more cost effective than visiting an ER or walk-in clinic," Manitoba’s Health Minister Theresa Oswald said Friday during the official opening of the St. Boniface location.
"We know people don't need care just between 9 and 5, which is why these new quick care clinics are open evenings, weekends and holidays, so they are there when families need them most."
The quick care clinics can diagnose and treat non-urgent care needs such as:
- Bumps, bruises or sprains.
- Rashes, eczema, infected cuts or minor sores.
- Sore throats, earaches, colds & flu, coughs, hay fever or nosebleeds
- Immunizations (including this season’s flu vaccine)
- Stomach pain, diarrhea and vomiting
- Headache, back or neck pain
- Breast feeding issues
- Sexual health-related issues, including birth control
- Stress or anxiety
- Minor medical issues in children
The province, in its 2010 throne speech, promised to ensure every Manitoban has a family doctor by 2015.
To do that, the government said it will rely heavily on quick care clinics to be staffed by nurse practitioners, thereby freeing up doctors from the minor treatments.
There are four such clinics so far in the province.
In addition to the two in Winnipeg, there is a clinic in Steinbach's Clearspring Mall, and another on Manitoba Avenue in Selkirk.
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