“The new and innovative QuickCare Clinic offers an option for patients with minor health issues who may not be able to get in to see their family doctor and who know the emergency room is not an appropriate destination,” said Oswald.
The Selkirk QuickCare Clinic is staffed with nurse practitioners and registered nurses who can diagnose and treat minor health issues. Services are available on a walk-in basis or by appointment for a variety of health issues including:
* bumps, bruises or sprains;
* rashes, eczema, infected cuts or minor sores;
* sore throats, earaches, colds and flu, coughs, hay fever or nose bleeds;
* sore eyes with redness or infection;
* stomach pain, diarrhea and vomiting, urinary infections or indigestion;
* headaches, back or neck pain;
* birth control or breast feeding; and
* stress or anxiety.
“Health-care services at the QuickCare Clinic will be integrated with people’s existing family health-care providers so we can ensure a continuum of care,” said Doreen Fey, Interlake RHA vice-president of planning who worked with Manitoba Health to establish Selkirk’s QuickCare Clinic. “We also see the clinic as a way to direct people without a family doctor to physicians in the area who are accepting patients. We are very pleased with this addition to the services available to residents in the area.”
Initial hours at the Selkirk QuickCare Clinic will be Monday to Friday, noon to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The clinic will be closed on Sundays. Hours of operation will be extended once staff recruitment is complete, the minister said.