Patients requiring medical attention for minor injuries and illnesses have another alternative to an emergency room visit after the recent opening of a new QuickCare Clinic in Steinbach.
On March 15, the province and South Eastman Health officially opened the second of eight QuickCare Clinics to be established across the province. Located in the Clearspring Mall, the new QuickCare Clinic is an alternative access to primary care managed and coordinated by nurse practitioners and primary care nurses where patients can go for less urgent issues.
John Stinson, CEO for South Eastman Health is very excited about the announcement.
“It’s very much an in and out process,” Stinsen says. “There will be nurse practitioners and primary care nurses and an opportunity for existing staff who are interested in doing this kind of work to get involved.”
He added that the Clinic is especially expected to benefit residents that do not have a family doctor.
Patients attending the QuickCare Clinic will be seen by either nurse practitioners or primary care nurses. Necessary medication can get prescribed and referrals will be made as needed to a doctor or specialist.
The opening is expected to have a huge impact on health care delivery in the region.
“The biggest impact will be on our emergency room departments especially in Steinbach,” Stinsen continued. He added that Ste. Anne Hospital will also be affected because currently patients unwilling to wait at Bethesda, travel to the next nearest facility.
Services are available on a walk-in basis or by appointment for a variety of health issues including: bumps, bruises or sprains; rashes, eczema, infected cuts or minor sores; sore throats, earaches, colds and flu, coughs, hay fever or nose bleeds; immunizations; sore eyes with redness or infection; stomach pain, diarrhea and vomiting, urinary infections or indigestion; headaches, back or neck pain; birth control or breast feeding; and stress or anxiety.
Initial hours at the Steinbach QuickCare Clinic will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every other Saturday. When staff recruitment is complete, the clinic will be open weekday evenings until 9 p.m. and every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Steinbach mayor Chris Goertzen addresses the crowd during the grand opening of a QuickCare Clinic located within Steinbach’s Clearspring Mall while Health Minister Teresa Oswald and Dawson Trail MLA Ron Lemieux look on.