Province announces four new health facilities in Greater Victoria area


(Minister Adrian Dix / BC Gov Flickr)

Four new Primary Care Networks (PCNs) reach residents of Victoria, Saanich and Oak Bay, making it easier for them to access urgent and non-urgent same-day health care for medical issues ranging from minor injuries to mental health. , and daily primary care.

Health Minister Adrian Dix made the announcement on Wednesday July 21.

Emergency and primary care centers will provide primary care to patients who do not have a family doctor or nurse practitioner, and will be open weekends and after hours for area residents. of Grand Victoria.

The new facilities will include up to 96 additional full-time health care providers over a four-year period.

NCPs will include nurse practitioners, nurses, mental health therapists and a full range of primary care services ranging from family physicians and registered nurses to clinical pharmacists, Indigenous health care providers and allied health professionals such as social workers and mental health clinicians.

The new networks aim to provide better access to health care for people with mild to moderate mental disorders; better coordinated services for families and the frail elderly and people with complex health problems; better access to comprehensive services for people living in poverty; and will be culturally safe care for Indigenous peoples.

Newly opened downtown Victoria UPCC

A new Emergency and Primary Care Center (UPCC) opened on Monday July 19 in downtown Victoria at 1107 Pandora Avenue; its current hours are from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Patients will be seen by a team of healthcare providers and may refer themselves to the UPCC for care.

When staff are full, these hours will be extended to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and care will be available seven days a week, including statutory holidays.

To date, 53 NCPs have been established in British Columbia with a staff of 31 family physicians, 91 nurse practitioners, 104 registered nurses and 6 Indigenous wellness providers, among others.

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