December 3, 2010

New clinic for Weston-Brooklands area confirmed

Residents living in the Weston-Brooklands area of Winnipeg will have a new medical clinic in their neighbourhood by the middle of next year, Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced today.

Located at the Bluebird Lodge seniors' complex, the new clinic will feature a primary health-care team that includes a doctor and nurse practitioners, offering diagnosis, treatment, follow-up, referral, consultation, counselling and education.

"Manitobans want to know they can access timely care when they or their loved ones are sick," Oswald said in making the announcement. "As part of our plan to provide every Manitoban access to a family doctor, the Bluebird Clinic will provide stable and convenient primary care to an area of Winnipeg that has been underserved in the past."

Bluebird Clinic will be a satellite health-care centre of the Nor'west Co-op Community Health Centre. Other long-term supports will provide diabetes and chronic-disease case management, seniors' health and wellness programs that include falls prevention and vision screening, and reproductive health-care services. As a satellite of Nor'west Co-op Community Health Centre, the clinic will provide residents access to a broader range of health and social services that will soon be integrated under one roof at ACCESS Nor'West.

"This satellite centre provides a viable, cost-effective solution to meet the needs of a community that includes newcomers, seniors and single-parent families," said Arlene Wilgosh, President & CEO of the Winnipeg Health Region. "A community-based centre can adapt to the specific needs of the neighbourhood - in this case, services targeted specifically to seniors, young mothers and those living with chronic conditions such as diabetes."

Ivan Sabesky, Nor'West Co-op Community Health Centre chair, said the announcement of a new clinic for the area is great news. "The Bluebird Clinic will be welcomed by the neighbourhood and broader community."

Oswald noted the professional team approach will have a positive effect on individuals as well as significant benefits for the community as a whole.

Residents of Bluebird Lodge will be consulted on final design of the clinic, which is expected to open in mid-2011.

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