More than 10,000 people have visited the new Urgent and Primary Care Centre in Parkwood Mall since it opened in June.
That’s more patients than the old Nechako Clinic in Spruceland would have seen during that time, says Northern Health CEO Cathy Ulrich. The Spruceland clinic closed when the new urgent and primary care centre opened.
“It’s a little bit higher (in terms of the number of patients) and growing,” said Ulrich in an interview Wednesday. “Whenever you do a transition like that, it takes a little bit of time for folks to understand the new processes but we are seeing growth in the numbers.”
She said Northern Health is also in the process of adding more services at the care centre.
“There’s a nurse practitioner there during the day,” she said. “There is a professional team with nurses and social workers situated at the site. We close to being able to provide IV antibiotics therapy on site. It’s been a really good opportunity to expand some of the services that the Nechako Medical Clinic provided previously.”
She said Spruceland location was fairly congested so the new space at Parkwood is definitely a plus.
This Centre is operated by Northern Health through a partnership with the Nechako Medical Clinic, the Prince George Division of Family Practice and Northern Health. The centre’s hours of operation are:
Mon – Tues: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Wed – Fri: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Sat – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sun/Stat holidays – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Urgent and Primary Care Centre provides treatment for non-emergency injuries and illnesses that need medical attention within 12 to 24 hours. The services are provided on an unscheduled or drop in basis.