Pharmacy, potential medical offices for Victoria
Family physicians at the top of residents’ wish lists
Victoria residents seem to be pleased about a new proposed use for the former Pentecostal church in the community.
Residents are welcoming the news that Victoria could soon have a new pharmacy and medical offices for physicians.
The town council voted unanimously on Oct. 16 to approve a business application to establish a pharmacy and rental space for proposed medical related practices at the site of the former Pentecostal church on Route 70.
More recently, the building was a senior’s home.
I haven’t had a family doctor in two years. — Kate Clarke
Healthcare in Conception Bay North has been a hot topic for quite some time, particularly when it comes to the availability of family physicians.
Judging from what some residents had to say at the local post office on Tuesday, Oct. 23, the town could use a family doctor.
“I haven’t had a family doctor in two years,” said Kate Clarke, who relies on the family medicine clinic Eastern Health oversees at the Carbonear General Hospital. The clinic first opened in March of this year.
“It’s OK,” she said of the clinic. “But it would be nice to have a doctor who was familiar with me, whereas you don’t know who you’re going to see (at the clinic).”
Wade Dean, another Victoria resident, noted it’s been approximately 30 years since the town last had a pharmacy. Like Clarke, he does not have a family doctor currently, so he hopes the rental spaces will attract one.
“I think it would be good for the community,” Dean said.
Muriel Brewer does have a family physician in Carbonear, but she knows he intends to retire in the not-too-distant future. Most of her family relies on the same doctor.
“We need more doctors,” she said.
The former Pentecostal church in Victoria, which later became a senior’s home, could have a new lease on life in the near future.