British Columbia

New Surrey urgent care centre to open in October

The Surrey Urgent Primary Care Centre is expected to offer medical attention for non-emergency conditions such as cuts, earaches, back pain and sore throats.

B.C. premier says 10 urgent care centres will launch across the province in the next 12 months

Premier John Horgan and Health Minister Adrian Dix announce first of 10 urgent care centres will be located in Surrey, B.C. (Jesse Johnston/CBC)

Premier John Horgan said Surrey, which is the fastest growing city in B.C., will be the first location for an urgent primary-care centre to ease the pressure on walk-in clinics and emergency rooms.

He said it will launch in October.

"By opening urgent primary-care centres in all of the health regions, we are delivering on our promise to improve quality of care, and provide more care to more people", said Horgan.

Horgan and B.C. Health Minister, Adrian Dix, made the announcement Thursday in Surrey, after making a promise to open the centres to improve health care during the New Democrats 2017 election campaign.

Centre to relieve emergency room backlog

The facility is expected to provide more timely medical treatment for people who seek help for non-emergency conditions such as cuts, earaches, back pain and sore throats.

Dix said, "In many respects ... Surrey is a focus, it's ground zero for how we're going to transform public health care."

There has been increasing pressure on emergency room services and patient backups at Surrey Memorial Hospital which Fraser Health estimates sees 300 to 400 patients a day.

New urgent primary care centre will be located near Surrey Memorial Hospital. (Fraser Health)

The new care centre will be located at 9636 137A St. and will operate from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m, seven days a week.

More locations are expected to be announced soon.

The B.C. government has said that all 10 urgent primary-care centres will be open within the next 12 months.

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