The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) says it is expanding hours of operation at five clinics across the city in an effort to reduce the stress of wait time backlogs at urgent and urgent care facilities.
Connected care walk-in clinics will now be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends, doubling the number of daily appointments available from 150 to 300.
Dr. Joss Reimer, the WRHA’s chief medical officer, said a significant percentage of people who visit a hospital may instead be treated by a walk-in or doctor’s office.
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“Each month, approximately 40% of people who visit an urgent care center or emergency department in Winnipeg could receive the health care they need, often without the long waits, through a walk-in clinic or doctor’s office,” Reimer said.
Clinics are available without an appointment when you cannot see your primary care provider immediately.
The health authority is also launching, from Thursday, a updated website providing information and resources to help Winnipeggers choose the best options for accessing the health care they need. The site will also display real-time wait information for the five walk-in clinics as well as local urgent and urgent care services.
“By directing people to the right health care service for their needs and giving them the information they need to make a decision about where to go for health care services at their fingertips, we can getting the best possible care sooner for more people and ultimately reducing the time people spend waiting for care,” Reimer said.
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