Multi-functional Downtown Eastside support clinic opens its doors

A new clinic opened on the Downtown Eastside Wednesday, aimed at addressing the many complex health and social challenges affecting the community.

The Vancouver Urban Health Centre is headed by medical director Dr. Brian Conway. He says the facility can give people “an opportunity to engage themselves in the care that they need.”

“They can just walk in and receive multidisciplinary health care to address their medical needs, social needs, addiction-related needs,” he explained.

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Located at 219 Main Street, the facility is a partnership between the Vancouver Infectious Disease Center, SRx Health Solutions, and Atira Housing.

Vancouver City Councillor Lisa Dominato took to Twitter to speak on the new facility.

“This centre will bring together a range of health services in one place to support people in need. Building connections is a gateway to helping people. In Brian’s words; how can we help?” she said.

Conway says the Urban Health Centre’s individual needs-based approach is where it stands apart from other services and clinics.

“There’s lots of doctors, lots of clinics, they don’t always open at the right times, they don’t see so many patients, they don’t offer all of the services that an individual needs,” he said. “This was really meant to fill that gap.”

Previously the Centre’s site housed a pharmacy downstairs, but Conway says the upstairs portion of the building was empty until SRx Health Solutions came in and purchased it.

“This entire building has renovated the pharmacy downstairs, they’re very proud to be partnering with them and many other partners to offer services here,” he said.

-With files from OMNI

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