The government estimates the annual incremental operating cost of the centre will be around $2.7 million. The centre’s expansion is in collaboration with Island Health and the Medical Arts Centre and will provide added services for seniors and people who require mental-health or substance-use treatment. “We know that many people in Nanaimo find it difficult to receive the adequate, quality health-care services they need. More than 15,500 people in the region do not have a primary care provider and for those who do, same-day access is often impossible to get,” Dix said in a statement. This is the second urgent and primary-care centre to be announced on Vancouver Island, following one that opened in Langford last November. The province announced the Medical Arts Centre in Nanaimo will be expanded as an urgent and primary care centre. Photo courtesy medicalartscentre.com.
The urgent & primary-care centre will include evening & weekend hrs, helping people access same-day health care services when they need it. A complement of doctors, nurses, mental health & substance use clinicians, social worker & pharmacist will deliver team-based care #bchealth— Adrian Dix (@adriandix) April 3, 2019