Nov. 25, 2019 – BC Minister of Health Adrian Dix announced that a new urgent and primary health care clinic will open at 547 Michigan St. in March 2020. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Nov. 25, 2019 – BC Minister of Health Adrian Dix announced that a new urgent and primary health care clinic will open at 547 Michigan St. in March 2020. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria’s first urgent primary health clinic coming to James Bay

The third urgent care clinic on the Island is set to open in March 2020

A new urgent primary health care centre opens in Victoria this spring.

On Monday afternoon, B.C. Minister of Health Adrian Dix announced the clinic would open at the James Bay Community Project at 547 Michigan St. in March 2020.

“The new urgent and primary care centre will help connect more people in Victoria with the health care they need, when they need it,” Dix said. “By increasing the number of publicly funded healthcare professionals in the community, thousands of people who currently lack a primary care provider will benefit from increased access to same-day appointments for urgent needs and improved access to regular, ongoing primary care into the future.”

The clinic will run on two separate avenues, urgent care for those who need to see a doctor but may not need to go to emergency, and primary care for those who do not have a family physician.

The clinic will host physicians, nurse practitioners and social workers who specialize in mental health and addictions, though the exact number of hires was not available from the province.

The clinic will also operate 365 days per year with extended hours, though the province could not supply how late the hours would run.

In the capital region, between 30-40,000 people do not have a family doctor or a nurse practitioner, leveling out to about one in six people without access to primary care.

ALSO READ: Westshore Urgent Primary Care Centre celebrates its 5000th patient

“It will have a huge affect in the community,” Dix said. “It will serve people who have non-threatening conditions who need to see a healthcare provider urgently, and will provide full service primary care within 12-24 hour service for people who do not have a family physician or nurse practitioner, or for those who can’t see their family doctor quick enough.”

This will be the third primary care clinic in the region; the first was the urgent and primary care clinic in Langford, which opened in Oct. 2018 and has served more than 23,000 patients, while the second was opened in Nanaimo in June 2019.

ALSO READ: Esquimalt needs urgent health care facility, mayor says

“The urgent and primary-care centre planned for the James Bay Neighbourhood in Victoria will have a positive impact on all those living in the community,” said Leah Hollins, board chair of Island Health. “It will mean a team of health care professionals – physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and social workers – working together at one location.”

Exact dates for opening were not announced.

nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com

Like us on Facebook Send a Tweet to @NicoleCrescenzi
and follow us on Instagram

Health and wellnessHealthcareMinistry of Health

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

During a press event on March 6, Const. Alex Berube, media relations officer for the West Shore RCMP, addressed a deadly shooting that occurred in Metchosin the night before. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
UPDATED: One man shot dead in ‘targeted incident’ on Sooke Road

Highway 14 reopens following multi-hour closure for investigation

A decade into the 100-year blueprint for restoring the Bowker Creek watershed, Soren Henrich, director of the Friends of Bowker Creek Society, feels positive about the future of conservation and daylighting of the creek. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Ten years in, Greater Victoria’s 100-year Bowker Creek blueprint gets a boost

Victoria council passes several restoration recommendations

A resurfacing of the tennis court in Metchosin is being eyed for the community. However, funding opportunities still need to be solidified for the project. (Michelle Cabana/Black Press Media)
Renewed surface eyed for Metchosin tennis court

Funding source must first be solidified in order for project to happen

Paragliders worked to capture a big enough gust to get them flying near Clover Point Saturday. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
PHOTOS: Victoria residents dive in and take flight under sunny skies

Warm, sunny weather had people flocking outside Saturday

The James C Richardson Pipe Band marches in a Remembrance Day parade on Nov. 11, 2019 in Chilliwack. Wednesday, March 10 is International Bagpipe Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of March 7 to 13

International Bagpipe Day, Wash Your Nose Day and Kidney Day are all coming up this week

The Conservation Officers Service is warning aquarium users after invasive and potentially destructive mussels were found in moss balls from a pet store. (BC Conservation Officers Service/Facebook)
Aquarium users in B.C. warned after invasive mussels found at pet store

Conservation officers were told the mussels after found in a moss ball from a Terrace pet store.

Hockey hall-of-fame legend Wayne Gretzky, right, watches the casket of his father, Walter Gretzky, as it is carried from the church during a funeral service in Brantford, Ont., Saturday, March 6, 2021. HE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky remembered as a man with a ‘heart of gold’ at funeral

The famous hockey father died Thursday at age 82 after battling Parkinson’s disease

Donald Alan Sweet was once an all star CFL kicker who played for the Montreal Alouettes and Montreal Concordes over a 13-year career. Photo courtesy of Mission RCMP.
Retired B.C. teacher and star CFL kicker charged for assault, sexual crimes against former students

Donald Sweet taught in Mission School District for 10 years, investigators seek further witnesses

(Black Press Media files)
Medicine gardens help Victoria’s Indigenous kids in care stay culturally connected

Traditional plants brought to the homes of Indigenous kids amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Personal protective equipment is seen in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at St. Paul’s hospital in downtown Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
$16.9 million invested to improve worker safety, strengthen B.C.’s food supply chain

Money to be used for social distancing, personal protective equipment, cleaning, and air circulation

More than ever before, as pandemic conditions persist, the threat of data breaches and cyberattacks continues to grow, according to SFU professor Michael Parent. (Pixabay photo)
SFU expert unveils 5 ways the COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed cybersecurity

Recognizing these changes is the first in a series of steps to mitigate them once the pandemic ends, and before the next: Michael Parent

Kevin Haughton is the founder/technologist of Courtenay-based Clearflo Solutions. Scott Stanfield photo
Islander aims Clearflo clean drinking water system at Canada’s remote communities

Entrepreneur $300,000 mobile system can produce 50,000 litres of water in a day, via solar energy

Malawian police guard AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines after the shipment arrived in Lilongwe, Malawi, Friday March 5, 2021. Canada is expecting its first shipments of AstraZeneca vaccine next week. (Associated Press/Thoko Chikondi)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 cases climb to 634 Friday, four more deaths

Currently 255 people in hospital, 66 in intensive care

Most Read