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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Bluebird health clinic takes flight

Winnipeg – Health Minister Theresa Oswald today officially opened NorWest at Bluebird, a satellite clinic of the future ACCESS NorWest, which provides primary care services to families who live in northwest Winnipeg, especially those in the Weston and Brooklands neighbourhoods.

"NorWest at Bluebird is another access point to help ensure every Manitoban who wants a family doctor will have access to one," Oswald said. "It is part of an integrated team approach designed to provide convenient, accessible, quality care for families."

The clinic, located in at 97 Keewatin St., is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with plans to expand its hours to evenings and weekends in the new year. New clients are being accepted and scheduled on a daily basis.

"Community-based health centres are important components in the overall system of health-care supports because they can adapt to the specific needs of the neighbourhoods they serve," saidArlene Wilgosh, president and CEO of the Winnipeg Health Region. "We're pleased to be able to provide these important community-focused health services to the Weston-Brooklands area and help simplify patients connecting to the right people and the right information in a timely manner."

Nancy Heinrichs, Executive Director of NorWest Co-op Community Health and WRHA Team Manager, said the clinic was designed to serve the needs of the surrounding community. "This new clinic was carefully placed in an area where there are few other primary care service providers. This is taking care to where care is needed."

The clinic’s professional team is made up of physicians, nurse practitioners, primary care nurses, dieticians, diabetes educators, a fitness motivator, clinical pharmacist, Aboriginal health social worker, and a community mental health worker among others.

Services being offered include:

  • family medical care;
  • supports to manage chronic long-term health conditions;
  • lifestyle counselling;
  • diabetes education and support;
  • sexual health care;
  • teen clinics;
  • prenatal care;
  • primary care for infants and children;
  • health education, advocacy and referrals;
  • foot care clinics; and
  • all patients will have an electronic medical record (EMR). 

ACCESS NorWest is scheduled to open next summer at the corner of Keewatin Street and Burrows Avenue. Construction is already underway at ACCESS St. James, while planning and development continues for three other new ACCESS centres in St. Boniface, southeast Winnipeg and southwest Winnipeg.

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