New med­i­cal clinic for West­ern Bay

The Compass - - CLASSIFIED -

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment an­nounced March 30 that it will in­vest $250,000 into a new med­i­cal clinic in West­ern Bay, on the north shore of Con­cep­tion Bay.

The new fa­cil­ity will be lo­cated in an ex­ist­ing build­ing — the for­mer Dou­ble M Con­ve­nience — that was re­cently ac­quired by East­ern Health. The build­ing will be ren­o­vated to ac­com­mo­date the com­mu­nity med­i­cal clinic, said Health Min­is­ter and Car­bon­ear-Har­bour Grace MHA Jerome Kennedy.

“ This in­vest­ment demon­strates our gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to sup­port­ing pri­mary health care in ru­ral New­found­land and Labrador,” Kennedy stated in a news re­lease.

“ The new med­i­cal clinic in West­ern Bay will bet­ter serve the res­i­dents of the area and en­hance the de­liv­ery of es­sen­tial health care ser­vices by health care pro­fes­sion­als in the West­ern Bay re­gion.”

In March 2010, the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment an­nounced fund­ing to make sev­eral up­grades to the West­ern Bay Clinic. Af­ter re­view­ing the scale of work re­quired, it was de­ter­mined that it would be more cost ef­fec­tive to ac­quire an ex­ist­ing build­ing next to the cur­rent clinic.

The cur­rent clinic is a two-storey build­ing, and once served as a doc­tor’s res­i­dence.

The new site will be ren­o­vated to al­low ac­cess to peo­ple with mo­bil­ity dis­abil­i­ties and to meet all other cur­rent build­ing codes. Ren­o­va­tions are ex­pected to be­gin in the com­ing weeks.

The new fa­cil­ity will be twice as large as the ex­ist­ing clinic and will in­clude a fam­ily physi­cian’s of­fice, space for pa­tient re­cep­tion and wait­ing, and a pa­tient ex­am­i­na­tion area. The ren­o­vated build­ing will also have space for the Pre­scrip­tion Cen­tre, an in­de­pen­dent busi­ness which leases space in the clinic.

The new site — once the lo­ca­tion of a com­mu­nity phar­macy — has been va­cant for about a year, and is lo­cated just me­tres from the cur­rent clinic.

Trin­ity-Bay de Verde MHA Char­lene John­son de­scribed the an­nounce­ment as sig­nif­i­cant.

“Space and ac­ces­si­bil­ity at the cur­rent clinic have been an on­go­ing is­sue and I am glad to see these is­sues will be ad­dressed. This im­por­tant in­vest­ment from our gov­ern­ment shows its com­mit­ment to ru­ral res­i­dents and helps en­sure all peo­ple in New­found­land and Labrador re­ceive qual­ity, up-to-date med­i­cal care,” stated John­son, who is min­is­ter of Child, Youth and Fam­ily Ser­vices.

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