New medical clinic for Western Bay
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.