Urgent and Primary Care Centres near Vancouver-Kingsway riding

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To learn more about the Province’s primary health-care strategy, visit: HERE

To find an Urgent and Primary Care Centre (UPCC), visit HERE

March 25, 2022 (UPCC opens in Southeast Vancouver 5880 Victoria Dr.)

January 19, 2021 (UPCC opens in Northeast Vancouver 102-2788 E Hastings St.)

June 30, 2020  (UPCC REACH opens in East Vancouver 1145 Commercial Dr.)

 

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March 25, 2022 (Urgent and Primary Care Centre opens in Southeast Vancouver 5880 Victoria Dr.)

More people in southeast Vancouver will have increased access to team-based, everyday health care with a new urgent and primary care centre (UPCC) opening March 29, 2022, at 5880 Victoria Dr.

“The new Vancouver Southeast UPCC will provide quality same-day, everyday health care to people in Vancouver, including under-served and vulnerable populations,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “We are working with our partners to create strong primary care services on the Lower Mainland and throughout British Columbia. This crucial UPCC builds on other centres already in place, including Vancouver City Centre, Northeast Vancouver, North Vancouver, Richmond, and Research, Education and Action for Community Health (REACH).”

The centre will serve two purposes: one is to provide care for people with non-life-threatening conditions who need to see a health-care provider within 12 to 24 hours but do not require an emergency department, such as patients with sprains, cuts, high fevers and minor infections. Care will be available at the centre from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.

The second purpose is to help attach patients to a regular primary care provider. To facilitate this, the centre, once fully staffed, will attach patients to health-care providers and will provide ongoing wrap-around care for unattached patients on an interim basis while they arrange for patients to be connected to other local practices for care. The team will begin providing long-term primary care services for adults with medically complex needs, seniors and underserved and vulnerable populations.

“People need access to high-quality mental-health and addictions care – it is a vital part of our health system,” said Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. “I am encouraged that with the opening of this urgent and primary care centre, more people in southeast Vancouver will be able to connect to the mental-health and addictions supports they need and deserve.”

Once fully staffed, the UPCC will include approximately 22 full-time equivalent (FTE) clinical health-care professionals, including physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and social workers providing urgent and primary care services to people living in southeast Vancouver.

“A new UPCC in southeast Vancouver means more opportunity for people to get the health care they need,” said Mable Elmore, Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors’ Services and Long-Term Care and MLA for Vancouver-Kensington. “I’m proud of our government for working to bring more care to more people in their own communities.”

The Vancouver Southeast UPCC is a collaboration between Vancouver Coastal Health, the Ministry of Health, the Vancouver Division of Family Practice and other community partners. It is part of the Vancouver South Primary Care Network.

More people in southeast Vancouver will have increased access to team-based, everyday health care with a new urgent and primary care centre (UPCC) opening March 29, 2022, at 5880 Victoria Drive. Vancouver, BC

“The new Vancouver Southeast UPCC will provide quality same-day, everyday health care to people in Vancouver, including under-served and vulnerable populations,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “We are working with our partners to create strong primary care services on the Lower Mainland and throughout British Columbia. This crucial UPCC builds on other centres already in place, including Vancouver City Centre, Northeast Vancouver, North Vancouver, Richmond, and Research, Education and Action for Community Health (REACH).”

The centre will serve two purposes: one is to provide care for people with non-life-threatening conditions who need to see a health-care provider within 12 to 24 hours but do not require an emergency department, such as patients with sprains, cuts, high fevers and minor infections. Care will be available at the centre from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.

The second purpose is to help attach patients to a regular primary care provider. To facilitate this, the centre, once fully staffed, will attach patients to health-care providers and will provide ongoing wrap-around care for unattached patients on an interim basis while they arrange for patients to be connected to other local practices for care. The team will begin providing long-term primary care services for adults with medically complex needs, seniors and underserved and vulnerable populations.

“People need access to high-quality mental-health and addictions care – it is a vital part of our health system,” said Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. “I am encouraged that with the opening of this urgent and primary care centre, more people in southeast Vancouver will be able to connect to the mental-health and addictions supports they need and deserve.”

Once fully staffed, the UPCC will include approximately 22 full-time equivalent (FTE) clinical health-care professionals, including physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and social workers providing urgent and primary care services to people living in southeast Vancouver.

“A new UPCC in southeast Vancouver means more opportunity for people to get the health care they need,” said Mable Elmore, Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors’ Services and Long-Term Care and MLA for Vancouver-Kensington. “I’m proud of our government for working to bring more care to more people in their own communities.”

The Vancouver Southeast UPCC is a collaboration between Vancouver Coastal Health, the Ministry of Health, the Vancouver Division of Family Practice and other community partners. It is part of the Vancouver South Primary Care Network.

 

Learn More:

To learn more about the Province’s primary health-care strategy, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2018PREM0034-001010

To learn more about the Province’s strategy to increase the number of nurse practitioners, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2018HLTH0034-000995

To learn more about the Province’s strategy to recruit and retain more family medicine graduates, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2018HLTH0052-001043

 

January 19, 2021 (Urgent and Primary Care Centre opens in Northeast Vancouver 102-2788 E Hastings St.)

People living in northeast Vancouver have better access to team-based everyday health care with the opening of a new urgent and primary care centre (UPCC) on Feb. 16, 2021, located at 102-2788 East Hastings St.

“The northeast Vancouver UPCC will help connect more people in Hastings Sunrise, Renfrew Collingwood and Cedar Cottage with the health care they need, when they need it,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “This means tens of thousands of area residents, including those living in poverty, families and seniors with complex care needs, who currently lack a primary care provider, will benefit from increased access to same day and ongoing primary care closer to home.”

The new UPCC will be operated by Vancouver Coastal Health. It was developed in collaboration with the Vancouver Division of Family Practice, regional program leads and Aboriginal program leads at Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care.

The centre will incorporate a team-based care approach through a health-care team that includes family physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and allied health professionals, such as dietitians, social workers and counsellors, and support staff.

A team of 16.5 full-time equivalent (FTE) health-care workers, including 3.23 FTE family physicians, 3.07 FTE nurse practitioners, 7.55 FTE registered nurses, 1.65 FTE social workers and one FTE clinical co-ordinator will provide urgent care services in the UPCC’s first year of operation. The team is also expected to have more than 27,000 patient visits.

Urgent care services will be for people who need health care within 12 to 24 hours, but do not require an emergency department, such as patients with sprains, cuts, high fevers and minor infections.

By January 2022, as the team expands and becomes fully operational, a full-service primary care services and patient attachment will be provided. At this time, the health-care team will work to reach an annual target of more than 47,000 patient visits in future years.

Over the next three years, the centre will work with the Vancouver Division of Family Practice to attach patients who do not have a family doctor to a regular primary care provider in the community. This includes attaching more than 3,500 patients to general practitioners or nurse practitioners at the UPCC. The centre will also provide care for unattached patients while working on connecting patients to other local practices for their ongoing primary care.

The centre will offer extended service hours and will be open Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sunday and statutory holidays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This is the 22nd UPCC to be announced under the government’s primary care strategy. It is also the fourth to be announced in the Vancouver Coastal Health region. The UPCC in downtown Vancouver has had more than 59,705 patient visits since it opened in November 2018. Since opening in November 2019, the UPCCs in East Vancouver and North Vancouver have served more than 18,279 and 35,741 patient visits, respectively. The northeast Vancouver UPCC will also be part of the Vancouver northeast primary care network.

 

June 30, 2020  (Urgent and Primary Care Centre (REACH) opens in East Vancouver 1145 Commercial Dr.)

People living in East Vancouver now have better access to team-based urgent and primary care with the official opening of the new REACH Urgent and Primary Care Centre (UPCC).

“The REACH UPCC will connect people in East Vancouver and the surrounding communities with the health care they need, when they need it,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “REACH has been supporting Vancouver residents for over 50 years. Through our partnership with community stakeholders, the UPCC will provide increased access to same day appointments for urgent needs and ongoing primary care to tens of thousands of area residents who lack a primary care provider.”

REACH UPCC is a partnership between the REACH Community Health Centre, the Ministry of Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, Providence Health and the Vancouver Division of Family Practice. The new centre is the second UPCC to open in Vancouver. Fifteen UPCCs have been announced throughout B.C. under the government’s primary care strategy.

More than 37,000 additional patients will benefit from the services at REACH UPCC each year. They will be seen by a team of health-care providers, including doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, licensed practical nurses, social workers, a clinical pharmacist and office staff.

The centre serves two purposes. The first purpose is to provide care for people with non-life-threatening conditions who need to see a health-care provider within 12-24 hours but do not require an emergency department and do not have or cannot access their family practitioners.

The second purpose is to help attach patients to a family doctor or a nurse practitioner through partnership with the Vancouver Division of Family Practice. To facilitate this, the UPCC will connect patients either to the REACH Community Health Centre (for those with complex health needs) or to local practices. For patients who do not have a family doctor or nurse practitioner, REACH UPCC will also engage in the necessary steps to best support their health-care needs.

REACH UPCC is located in a renovated space in the REACH Community Health Centre at 1145 Commercial Dr. in East Vancouver.