A new Urgent and Primary Care Centre is expected to open for daily service in West Kelowna, in early 2021. (File)

A new Urgent and Primary Care Centre is expected to open for daily service in West Kelowna, in early 2021. (File)

New urgent and primary care centre incoming for West Kelowna

Located at Westridge Shopping Centre, care centre expected to open for daily service in 2021

Immediate health care services will now be closer for West Kelowna residents, thanks to an incoming Urgent and Primary Care Centre.

Located at the Westridge Shopping Centre, the Interior Health run care centre, which is expected to open over the coming months, is designed to give Central Okanagan residents easy access to healthcare services.

It will provide team-based care for non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries, for those who do not have a family doctor, or those who are unable to get an appointment with their care provider same day.

Nearby to the care centre is Pharmasave, a doctor’s clinic, and Connect Hearing, something experts say will all complement each other.

Pharmasave pharmacy manager, Nelson Kulen, is excited about the incoming healthcare centre.

“This addition gives patients easier access to a wide range of healthcare professionals, and we look forward to working with the staff to help improve the health and wellness of our community.”

Nearby, Doctor Maroney also expressed his excitement.

“We look forward to the new Interior Health UPCC and the promise of extended health services that was formerly only available in Kelowna” says West Kelowna Dr. Roy Maroney.

The Urgent and Primary Care Centre at Westridge Shopping Centre will gradually open over the coming months, with full daily service expected early in 2021. Once fully operational, the hours of operation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., 365 days a year.

The centre is designed to treat non-life-threatening illnesses. The organization explained that depending on the nature of the injury or illness, visitors may be seen by a physician, a nurse practitioner, a registered nurse, or another health care professional such as a social worker, mental health worker or physiotherapist. It is intended to be an additional service in the community, working in conjunction with all points of care, to provide appropriate urgent services to patients, when and where they need it.

Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on? Email: phil.mclachlan@kelownacapnews.com


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