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City's second QuickCare Clinic opens

St. Boniface clinic to treat minor ailments on evenings, weekends

Theresa Oswald at St. Boniface QuickCare Clinic opening
Health Minister Theresa Oswald speaking at the opening of the St. Boniface QuickCare Clinic.

Winnipeg Health Region
Published Friday, November 23, 2012

Families now have easier access to after-hour treatments for minor ailments, Manitoba’s Health Minister Theresa Oswald said today during the official opening of the St. Boniface QuickCare clinic.

"QuickCare Clinics, staffed with nurse practitioners and nurses, offer families a convenient alternative for common health concerns, and it's an alternative that's also more cost effective than visiting an ER or walk-in clinic," Minister Oswald said. "We know people don't need care just between 9 and 5, which is why these new QuickCare Clinics are open evenings, weekends and holidays, so they are there when families need them most.

"Building a dozen more clinics in Winnipeg, including QuickCare clinics and ACCESS Centres, is a critical part of our plan to ensure everyone has access to a family doctor by 2015," said Oswald. "We've already opened three, with the remaining nine in development or under construction."

Susan Stratford, WRHA Community Area Director for St. Boniface and St. Vital said that while it is expected most patients for this new clinic will be from the St. Boniface community, it is open to anyone in need of care for minor ailments.

" This clinic is a place anyone can visit if they need care," Stratford said, adding bilingual staff will be available to assist patients. "It doesn’t replace regular visits to your family doctor, but offers an important option when your primary care provider isn’t always available." She noted the primary care provider of any patient who visits the clinic will be contacted afterward about the visit and the status of their patient.

The QuickCare clinic will be staffed by registered nurses and nurse practitioners who can diagnose and treat non-urgent care needs such as:

  • Bumps, bruises or sprains;
  • Rashes, eczema, infected cuts or minor sores;
  • Sore throats, earaches, colds and flu, coughs, hay fever or nosebleeds;
  • Immunizations (including this season’s flu vaccine);
  • Stomach pain, diarrhea and vomiting;
  • Headache, back or neck pain;
  • Breast feeding issues;
  • Sexual health-related issues, including birth control;
  • Stress or anxiety; and
  • Minor medical issues in children.

There have been more than 7,500 patient visits to the city’s first QuickCare clinic on McGregor Ave. since it opened in January. The St. Boniface clinic, located at 17 St. Mary’s Rd., will start seeing patients on Monday, Nov. 26, and will initially be open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. It will eventually expand its hours to include evenings, weekends and holidays.

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