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Mobile clinic has seen 355 appointments booked since opening in February in the communities of Prawda, Grand Marais, Seymourville and Gypsumville

Residents and cottagers from Prawda, Grand Marais, Seymourville, Gypsumville and surrounding communities can access primary health care services at the mobile clinic parked in the community one day a week.

Ron Van Denakker, CEO of Interlake-Eastern RHA, acknowledges the mobile clinic’s impact since opening in February.

“The mobile clinic has booked 355 appointments since starting service in February which supports our commitment to bring more accessible and reliable health care services to all communities,” Van Denakker said. “We couldn’t have been successful without the support of our partner communities for all their hard work getting the mobile clinic running, helping inform residents of the schedule and finding the area to accommodate the clinic.”

Seniors, adults, families and children are all welcome to attend the mobile clinic for their primary health care needs in the community nearest them. The mobile clinic is staffed by a nurse practitioner, a registered nurse and a driver, and is equipped with two examination rooms in order to offer services ranging from regular checkups to treating minor ailments and helping people manage a chronic disease or other serious conditions.

Nurse practitioners with the mobile clinic are able to order lab and diagnostic tests, refer to specialists, write prescriptions and provide care for acute, episodic and chronic health concerns. Registered nurses are also available to manage minor health issues and provide ongoing support.

Clinic staff have reported the clinics are well attended, since opening in February, with Seymourville seeing the most patients. Residents in the Prawda area are encouraged to take advantage of this service to the area as there are available appointments. Clinic staff anticipate more uptake starting over the next few weeks when more residents enter the region for cottage and beach season.

“It’s really great to be able to offer a proactive, primary care option to patients living in more remote areas,” says Annabelle Reimer, primary care team manager for Mobile Clinic, “Patients can attend the mobile clinic for their regular health care needs, or as needed while they are staying in the region. If they have their own primary care provider elsewhere they will be asked if they want a report of the visit sent to their regular provider to ensure ongoing care.”

The mobile clinic is in communities on the following days and times:
TUESDAYS  Seymourville   Seymourville Community Hall  10:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
WEDNESDAYS   Gypsumville   Gypsumville Memorial Hall  11:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
THURSDAYS   Grand Marais   Community Central - 36058 Hwy 12  9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
FRIDAYS   Prawda   Reynolds Community Club   9:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Patients looking to book an appointment or confirm the clinic’s schedule can call toll-free at 1-855-295-8296. Schedules, including cancelled clinic dates, are also posted online at http://www.ierha.ca/default.aspx?cid=12076&lang=1

 

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