Cancer and blood disorder patients can now get faster care for their symptoms at an urgent care clinic that is now open in Winnipeg.
CancerCare Manitoba and provincial government officials announced the opening of the Urgent Cancer Care Clinic on Wednesday.
The clinic is located on the main floor of the CancerCare Manitoba building in the Health Sciences Centre campus.
The facility, along with a Cancer Helpline that also launched on Wednesday, will help patients with treatment-related concerns, said Health Minister Erin Selby.
Patients can obtain diagnostic tests and prescribed medication from dedicated health professionals at the clinic, rather than having to go to the hospital or wait to see their oncologists, she said.
Patients can call the Cancer Helpline at (204) 787-8900 for advice on managing their symptoms or side effects, according to the province.
"This clinic and helpline offer expert and prompt help to rapidly and efficiently manage side effects of treatment or symptoms of cancer," CancerCare Manitoba president Dr. Dhali Dhaliwal stated in a news release.
Both services have been running for a few weeks, and already 123 patients have been seen at the urgent care clinic and the helpline received 92 calls, according to the province.
"This care resulted in the avoidance of an estimated 13 hospitalizations and more than 100 trips to an emergency department," the news release stated, adding that the average wait time for care at the clinic has been about 25 minutes.
For now, the clinic operates from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, but Selby said the hours will be extended later on to include evenings and weekends.