New nurs­ing clinic com­ing to Wal­lace­burg

Windsor Star - - CITY + REGION - TOM MOR­RI­SON

CHATHAM Home­care pa­tients in Wal­lace­burg who have had to travel to nurs­ing clin­ics in Chatham or Sar­nia will soon have the same ser­vices closer to their res­i­dences.

The Erie St. Clair Lo­cal Health Integration Net­work plans to open a new clinic within Sy­den­ham District Hos­pi­tal by April for its home and com­mu­nity care pa­tients.

Lori Mar­shall, CEO of the Chatham-Kent Health Al­liance, said hav­ing the ser­vices in­side a hos­pi­tal is a new model not seen else­where in the re­gion.

“It’s not like a walk-in clinic where some­body could ac­cess it for dif­fer­ent rea­sons,” she said. “It’s very specif­i­cally for pa­tients who are home and com­mu­nity care pa­tients, who would be re­ceiv­ing this ser­vice else­where, if not in Wal­lace­burg.”

Ser­vices at the clinic in­clude IV treat­ment and wound ther­apy, such as dress­ing changes.

The clinic will be within the am­bu­la­tory care area of the Wal­lace­burg hos­pi­tal. Mar­shall said the fre­quency of the clinic will de­pend on needs.

Mar­shall said “co-lo­cat­ing” the ser­vices is a good way to make use of the ex­ist­ing space.

“It just cre­ates more ac­tiv­ity at the cam­pus it­self, which is a good thing from a ca­ma­raderie per­spec­tive for the staff there, from a se­cu­rity per­spec­tive in terms of hav­ing peo­ple through­out the build­ing and us­ing dif­fer­ent ar­eas of this build­ing,” she said.

Ac­cord­ing to the LHIN, more than 100 pa­tients from North Kent and South Lambton are ex­pected to use the clinic.

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