New Urgent Primary Care Center opening in Vancouver

Darrian Matassa-Fung / November 26, 2018

The centre will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. (Kareem Gouda / BCIT News)

Vancouver’s first primary urgent care centre has opened their doors today.

Their objective is to take care of patients who need to see a physician within 12-24 hours.

The aim of the center is to provide service to people that may not need to go to the emergency room but do need immediate help.

This will also help with large wait times at St. Paul’s hospital.

President of Seymour Health Center Sunny Bining said they work in conjunction with St. Paul’s Hospital, the Ministry of Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, Providence Health Care, the Vancouver Division of Family Practice, Doctors of BC and Seymour Health Care.

“Any emergency patients that need to be transferred that come here inadvertently will be transferred to St. Pauls hospital.” – Sunny Bining, President of Seymour Health Center

She said they will treat anyone that comes in with a B.C. health card.

With this facility opening, the new centre is B.C.’s fifth urgent care centre. Annual staffing and operating costs are projected at approximately $3.7 million; one-time startup costs are estimated at $1.9 million.

We expect to see people with strains, sprains, women’s health issues , simple illnesses, simple infections.” – Sunny Bining – President of Seymour Health Center

Adrian Dix, Minister of Health unveiled Vancouver’s first urgent care centre on Sunday. (news.gov.bc.ca)

They can provide patients with diagnostics, physician and nurse care, and they have a pharmacy for in-house medication administration.

Typically on one eight hour shift they will have two general physicians, two nurses, one nurse practitioner and three medical office assistants.

“This centre will help better connect local residents with the primary care they need. This includes addressing the challenge many face in getting same same-day or next-day appointments. By being available for extended hours and on weekends, the urgent primary care centre will help people access the health-care services they need at the right time, and lessen demand on area emergency departments.” – Adrian Dix, Minister of Health

The team-based centre will provide care for around 35,000 patients per year from downtown and the West End.

The team will work to ensure individuals with complex health needs who don’t have a doctor are connected with the most appropriate care.

Seymour Health Center has x-ray and ultrasound capabilities. (Kareem Gouda / BCIT News)

Seymour Health Center can provide patients with diagnostics, physician and nurse care, and they have an pharmacy for in-house medication administration. (Kareem Gouda / BCIT News)

The centre will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

The centre is located in the downtown core, roughly two blocks from St. Pauls Hospital.