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Kelowna’s Rutland new urgent care, community health centres opens

The urgent and primary care centre will be fully operational as of Dec. 8

Kelowna’s Rutland community is seeing improved access to healthcare.

“People living in Rutland and surrounding communities will directly benefit from increased access to health-care services delivered through a new urgent and primary care centre and a new community health centre,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “Integrating physicians, nurses and allied health professionals means patients can receive timely and comprehensive team-based care.”

The new urgent and primary care centre will provide care to those with non-life-threatening conditions that require care within 24 hours but do not need an emergency room visit.

This will be the opening of Interior Health’s ninth urgent and primary care centre.

The care centre will open with a phased approach. From now until Nov. 29, the clinic will operate from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. From Nov. 30 to Dec. 7, clinic hours will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. As of Dec. 8, the clinic is expected to be fully operational with hours from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The healthcare staff includes 33 full-time team members of family doctors, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, and a community health worker.

“The opening of Rutland CHC stands as a statement of support for marginalized communities in the Rutland area,” said Milt Stevenson, co-developer, of Okanagan Community Health Society. “We look forward to providing a dedicated space which will ensure accessible care and inclusivity for underserved populations.”

The province provided the Okanagan Family Medicine and Community Health Centre Society a one-time, operational fund of $5.5 million to create a new community health centre. The centre will be open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Rutland urgent care centre is the 31st in the province to be announced and the new community health centre is the seventh in the province to receive ongoing operating support from the government.

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