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Dakota QuickCare clinic opens
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QuickCare clinics in Winnipeg


Winnipeg Health Region
Published Friday, January 16, 2016

Winnipeg’s third QuickCare clinic had its grand opening today, offering faster and more convenient primary health-care option for treatment of minor ailments for St. Vital residents.

The clinic, located at 620 Dakota St., will officially open to the public on Jan. 19, said Health Minister Sharon Blady.

“This new QuickCare clinic will have weekend and evening hours and will offer families a convenient health-care option where they live, when their regular health-care provider may not be available, or when a visit to the emergency room may not be required,” said Blady.

These clinics are designed to meet the unexpected health-care needs of Manitobans during times when most other clinics are closed. They are staffed by registered nurses and nurse practitioners who diagnose and treat minor health issues, helping people avoid trips to an emergency room or having to wait for regular clinic hours. They also work closely with local family physicians to ensure care is co-ordinated with their regular primary care provider. 

“Nurse practitioners and registered nurses working in teams in QuickCare clinics have proven to be a valuable asset to our health-care system,” said Lori Lamont, vice-president and chief nursing officer with the Winnipeg Health Region. “They have proven to be a very good alternative the public can use to our busy emergency departments for minor illnesses and injuries.”

As of Jan. 19, the Dakota QuickCare clinic will be open weekdays from noon to 7:30 p.m. and on weekends and holidays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Blady said that while most patients using this new clinic will likely be from the St. Vital neighbourhood, anyone can visit a QuickCare clinic. These clinics do not replace regular visits with a patient's usual health-care provider.

There have been more than 100,000 patient visits to the four existing QuickCare clinics in Manitoba since the first clinic opened on McGregor Street in January, 2012. Another three QuickCare clinics are scheduled to open by the end of the year.

The Dakota 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
  • breastfeeding issues
  • sexual health-related issues including birth control
  • stress or anxiety
  • minor medical issues in children

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