November 25, 2018 | Residents in Vancouver’s downtown and West End now have improved access to team-based urgent primary care with the opening of the City Centre Urgent Primary Care Centre.
This is the fifth urgent primary care centre to open in the province under the government’s primary care strategy and the first in the Vancouver Coastal Health region.
"This centre will help better connect local residents with the primary care they need,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “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.”
The centre officially opens on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. Located between St. Paul’s Hospital and Vancouver General Hospital (VGH), it is for people with non-life-threatening conditions who need to see a health-care provider within 12-24 hours but don’t require the level of expertise found in emergency departments. Approximately one-third of visits to the emergency departments of St. Paul’s and VGH, respectively, could be dealt with in alternative settings, incuding an urgent primary care centre.
In consultation with the Vancouver Division of Family Practice, Vancouver Coastal Health is partnering with Seymour Health Centre to deliver urgent primary care services at this centre.