Phar­macy, po­ten­tial med­i­cal of­fices for Vic­to­ria

Fam­ily physi­cians at the top of res­i­dents’ wish lists

The Compass - - Front Page - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON

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.

AN­DREW ROBIN­SON — THE COM­PASS

The for­mer Pen­te­costal church in Vic­to­ria, which later be­came a se­nior’s home, could have a new lease on life in the near fu­ture.

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