New healthcare centre opening in Metrotown

British Columbia officials and physicians met on Friday morning at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new urgent primary care center in Burnaby’s Metrotown neighbourhood.

B.C. Minister of Health, Adrian Dix, says the facility will support the province’s growing, and ageing population.

“Today’s announcement represents a significant step forward in meeting our commitment to building a modern, team-based primary care system that ensures all people in B.C. receive the care they need when they need it most,” he said.

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According to the province, the facility will provide non-emergency urgent care for things like cuts, burns, and sprains seven days a week. It will also have the capacity for longer-term care, the province says.

The facility will be staffed by clinical counsellors, pharmacists, family physicians, and social workers.

“We know access to timely health care is a top-of-mind issue for people living in British Columbia,” Dix said in a statement. “This means people, including those with complex care needs, will have increased access to the comprehensive care they need.”

The centre is scheduled to open on Tuesday, Nov. 1

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