June 13, 2024

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New primary-care access clinic coming to Campbell River

Clinic will serve people who need access to same day primary care for non-emergency medical concerns

A new primary-care access clinic opening in Campbell River will provide people with same day treatment for non-emergency medical concerns.

“Today is a step forward in meeting the health-care needs of people living in Campbell River,” said Michele Babchuk, MLA for North Island. “This new clinic will provide residents access to primary care, which is a crucial link in maintaining wellness.”

Campbell River Primary Care Access Clinic services are located in the administration building on the North Island Hospital grounds, 381 2nd Avenue. The administration building is located in the parking lot adjacent to the hospital. The clinic will offer services by appointment Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., for people who need access to same day primary care for non-emergency medical concerns. There will be a dedicated health-care team including a physician or nurse practitioner, registered nurses and a medical office assistant.

“In collaboration with our partners, we are expanding access to primary care for people living in Campbell River,” said Leah Hollins, board chair, Island Health. “I am deeply thankful for the contributions of the care providers and the ongoing support of our community partners, both of which helped to make this clinic possible.”

As partners, the Campbell River Division of Family Practice, Island Health, local physicians and nurse practitioners – supported by Ministry of Health and the Family Practices Services Committee of the Doctors of BC – are continuing to develop and invest in Campbell River primary care with services such as this new clinic.

“This project was supported by the local Division of Family Practice from the outset,” said Dawn Hamilton, executive director, Campbell River and District Division of Family Practice. “We are pleased that there are more options for people to access same-day primary care in Campbell River.”

BACKGROUND:

The Campbell River Primary Care Access Clinic is for people who need non-emergency medical care for ailments such as:

* minor injuries

* high fever, cough and colds

* cuts, wounds or skin conditions, rashes

* chest, ear or bladder infections

* back pain

* sprains and strains

* headaches

In addition, registered nurses at the clinic can offer:

* ear syringing

* wound care

* suture removal

* referral to community health services

* sexually transmitted infection (STI) care, including prevention, testing, treatment and support

* pregnancy testing and supported decision-making for unexpected pregnancies

People requiring immediate medical care or experiencing a health crisis, serious illness or emergency should call 911 or proceed to the nearest emergency department. Emergency symptoms or conditions may include:

* chest pain

* trouble breathing, shortness of breath

* suspected stroke

* overdose or poisoning

* broken bones, dislocated joints

* severe allergic reactions

If unsure, people can call 811 and speak with a nurse 24/7. HealthLink BC pharmacists are also on call at 811 when a community pharmacist may be unavailable – every night from 5 p.m. until 9 a.m. (Pacific time). Community pharmacists can prescribe medications for minor ailments and contraception, including UTIs, allergies, pink eye and dermatitis.