Help sought in developing family practices in South Okanagan and Similkameen
Vernon Morning Star: Representatives with the South Okanagan Similkameen Division of Family Practice are seeking help with developing family practices in the region. At the Okanagan Similkameen Regional Hospital District meeting on Thursday, Dr. Tim Phillips, co-chair of the Division of Family Practice, and chief executive officer Tracy St. Claire asked the hospital district for assistance in building family practices in the area.
Castanet: The new urgent and primary care centre has already had more than 100 patients roll through. "A little over one-in-four people who go to Kelowna General Hospital in the emergency would be as well or better served coming in right here," said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. The facility features six exam rooms, two treatment rooms, a consultation room, a waiting room and a medication room. Currently, the centre is open seven days-a-week from 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with hours expected to expand in the coming months.
Vernon urgent care clinic serves 1,274 since opening
Vernon Morning News: Since opening its doors in October, 2019, the Vernon Urgent and Primary Care Centre (UPCC) has served 1,274 patients already. This is the 13th UPCC announced in the B.C. government’s primary care strategy and is expected to serve 42,000 patients annually in its new facility that will be open seven days a week, evenings, weekends and statutory holidays.