The West Coast Family Medical Clinic will be expanded, the provincial government announced Friday.
The B.C. government will be providing $1 million annually for team-based care at the clinic. This includes two new general practitioners, one nurse practitioner and two registered nurses who will join the existing team.
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The government said the expansion will strengthen the clinic’s services, including primary care, newborn and post-partum care, non-emergency urgent care and medical services to the Elders’ Wellness Clinic at the T’Souke Nation.
“People in Sooke have banded together to advocate for improved primary health-care services in the region for many years,” Minister of Health Adrian Dix said. “Expanding the West Coast Family Medical Clinic is a significant step in supporting improved access to health-care services for the more than 4,000 people in Sooke who do not have consistent primary care.”
Renovations to the clinic will begin after June 2019. The clinic will remain at 1300-6660 Sooke Road and the clinic will add the new team members as the renovation work continues.
The West Coast Family Medical Clinic is open Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The government has already announced eight urgent and primary care centres around B.C. The Westshore Urgent Primary Care Centre opened in Langford on Nov. 5, 2018. The government said a total of 10 urgent primary care centre will be in operation around the province by spring 2019.