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January 11, 2005

Pam Am to House Expanded Minor Injury Clinic

Increase in Hours and Services Part of Major Recommendation of Emergency Care Task Force

One of the major recommendations of the Emergency Care Task Force, that Pan Am Clinic house an expanded Minor Injury Clinic is now being implemented, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority announced today. Both the range of services Pan Am offers as well as its hours of operation have increased.

Health Minister Tim Sale said the move should help alleviate some of the overcrowding that hospital Emergency Departments experience. "This provides patients who need urgent treatment for a minor injury another alternative to a hospital ER or the Urgent Care Centre at Misericordia," Minister Sale said. "This recommendation of the Emergency Care Task Force was a top priority for this government and today's announcement demonstrates that we are following through quickly." The $2 million in operating costs and medical remuneration is coming from the funding the province provided the Emergency Care Task Force to implement its recommendations.

Jan Currie, WRHA Vice President and Chair of the Emergency Care Task Force, said the clinic's expanded role and hours builds on the history of the Pan Am Clinic. "Pan Am has a solid reputation for treating sports-related injuries: broken bones, torn ligaments, sprains, cuts and bruises," Ms. Currie said. "This expanded role, especially in the area of orthopedics, builds on that reputation."

Dr. Wayne Hildahl, Pan Am Chief Operating Officer called it a first step. "In the longer term we envision the Pan Am's Minor Injury Clinic taking referrals from hospital Emergency Departments for plastic surgery and other similar procedures."

Pan Am is now open 12 hours day during the week (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) and eight hours a day on weekends (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

Appointments are not necessary. Patients will be seen based on the urgency of their injury.

Staff on site includes: Nurse Practitioners, Physiotherapists, Orthopedic Surgeons, Pain Specialists, Athletic Therapists and Cast Technicians.

Service available include: Orthopedic and Plastics Clinics and Day Surgeries as well as Cast Clinics, Pain Clinics, X-rays, Primary Care and Rehabilitation Therapy.

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