July 31, 2020 | People living in Esquimalt and neighbouring communities will soon have better access to team-based everyday health care with planning for an urgent and primary care centre (UPCC) underway in the municipality.
“As part of our primary care strategy, we’re moving forward with a new urgent and primary care centre in Esquimalt to help connect more people with the team-based and comprehensive health care they need, when they need it,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “Thousands of area residents who currently lack a primary care provider will benefit from increased access to same-day appointments for urgent needs and ongoing primary care.”
Island Health is proceeding with an urgent and primary care centre to respond to increasing primary care needs resulting from the recent departure of family physician practices from the community. Island Health, the Esquimalt Township and South Island Division of Family Practice continue to work on additional longer-term primary care strategies for the community.