Colleen Nyce, chair, Northern Health board has said that “we’re pleased that the new Quesnel Urgent Primary Care centre is opening later this month to serve residents of Quesnel and the surrounding area. This new, co-located service will provide much-needed access to primary care for people in this region, including those, such as seniors, who may have specific care needs that require additional community supports.”
The Quesnel Urgent Primary Care Centre will soon open to provide people a new option for same-day access to urgent primary care.
It wil be the first Urgent Primary Care Centre (UPCC) in the North under the government’s primary health-care strategy.
“We know that for many individuals in this community same-day access to the care they need has been an issue and, as a result, they have had to resort to using the emergency department for what are really primary care health-care concerns,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “This is about to change. The Quesnel Urgent Primary Care Centre will offer patients access to a team of health-care professionals to provide the immediate care they need, and also offer them ongoing care through referrals to a range of community services and supports.”
The urgent primary care centre will be staffed by a team of health professionals including doctors, a nurse practitioner and nurses. These health-care providers will be connected with a variety of services and programs, making it easier for patients to receive follow-up care and access to other services they may need. For example, the urgent primary care centre will make sure seniors are connected with appropriate community supports to help them safely stay at home longer.
The centre will be open on Oct. 31, 2018, and is located within G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital at the Community Health Services site at 543 Front St. The urgent primary care centre will provide appointments to patients including the frail elderly, people with mental-health and substance-use needs and patients unattached to a physician. The centre will be open from noon to 8 p.m., Monday to Friday, and 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. on weekends and statutory holidays. The Quesnel Urgent Primary Care Centre works in conjunction with Community Health Services, which is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day.
The new Quesnel Urgent Primary Care Centre was created through a partnership between the Ministry of Health, Northern Health, and the Northern Interior Division of Family Practice. An annualized budget of $1.1 million in funding has been allocated by the ministry to establish the centre.