September 19, 2020 | People living in the Tri-Cities will soon have better access to same-day health-care services when and where they need it with a new urgent and primary care centre (UPCC).
The temporary location will open February 2021. A request for proposals for a permanent location is underway.
“The new UPPC will allow people in the Tri-Cities, including Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody, to access the everyday health-care services they need closer to home, while also taking the demand off the emergency department,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “We are working in partnership with local communities and health-care providers to deliver on our primary care strategy throughout the province.”
The UPCC will be operated by Fraser Health, with the support of the Fraser Northwest Division of Family Practice, Indigenous Partners and the Tri-Cities on the ancestral, traditional and unceded territories of the Kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Qiqéyt (Key-Kayt) and Coast Salish Nations.
This is the 21st urgent and primary care centre announced under the government’s primary care strategy. The UPCC in the Tri-Cities will be the sixth centre in the Fraser Health region, including two in Surrey, and one each in Burnaby, Maple Ridge and Abbotsford.