VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — People in East Vancouver who need medical care now have an alternative to lining up at local walk-in clinics or waiting to be seen at a hospital emergency room.
The REACH Urgent and Primary Care Centre is opening on Commercial Drive, just south of Venables Street within the existing REACH Community Health Centre.
“The centre serves two purposes. The first purpose is to provide care for people with non-life-threatening conditions who need to see a health-care provider within 12-24 hours but do not require an emergency department and do not have or cannot access their family practitioners,” reads a statement for the B.C. Ministry of Health.
“The second purpose is to help attach patients to a family doctor or a nurse practitioner through partnership with the Vancouver Division of Family Practice.”
"There was always incredible support & a belief that an urgent care centre would improve the health status of people in the community. Thanks to our partners & collaborators, your endless support & advice helped make REACH UPCC a reality." -Nicole LeMire, REACH Executive Director pic.twitter.com/5m93E6If4h
— REACH Community Health Centre (@REACHCHC) February 29, 2020
The province estimates 37,000 patients will benefit from the services at the centre which is staffed with doctors, nurse practitioners, social workers, nurses, and a pharmacist.
“I know how hard it’s been for residents in East Vancouver to find a consistent primary care provider,” says Melanie Mark, MLA for Vancouver-Mount Pleasant in a release.
“This game-changing investment is a major win for constituents who often face long wait times at walk-in clinics. I’m proud that our government is taking action to connect patients with skilled health-care professionals that will ensure they have access to the comprehensive primary health care they need.”
The East Vancouver centre is the second to open in Vancouver.
“”REACH Community Health has been working to improve the health of area residents for 50 years and the new urgent and primary care centre will allow us to meet the health-care needs of even more people who live and work in this vibrant community,” says Nicole LeMire, REACH Community Health Centre’s executive director.