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New primary care clinic now open in Winnipeg Beach

Local residents have new option for every day health care

Feb 16, 2021 

People living in and around Winnipeg Beach now have more opportunity to access health care close to home, as today Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority, with support from the Town of Winnipeg Beach, officially opened a new primary care clinic that can help with every day health care needs. It is the fifth primary care clinic Interlake-Eastern RHA has opened in the past year. At the new clinic, located at Winnipeg Beach Plaza (Unit J at 54-60 Main Street), a nurse practitioner and primary care nurse will be available for non-urgent care by appointment on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.

“Having a new clinic close to home is more than a matter of convenience for people in the community,” said Connie Nixon, clinical team manager for primary health care within Interlake-Eastern RHA. “Easily accessible and regular, ongoing care from the same care providers can prevent more serious health problems and reduce the need for hospital and emergency department visits. It’s better for the patient, and it’s better for the health-care system, too, which is why we’ve made primary care initiatives a priority in Interlake-Eastern RHA.”

Andrea Smith is a nurse practitioner on the care team who brings 13 years of nursing experience that includes hospital, emergency and primary care. She has lived in the community with her husband and two children for 14 years.

“We all have a great affection for the beach and the many family activities that happen throughout the year around here,” said Smith. “I’m excited to offer my expertise at the new clinic because I feel like I can make a difference in people’s health, and in their lives.”

Also providing care at the new clinic is Kelsy Griffin, a primary care nurse who started her nursing career in 2011 on the surgical ward at Selkirk and District General Hospital (now Selkirk Regional Health Centre). She has worked in areas and communities across the Interlake including Gypsumville and Seymourville in the Mobile Clinic, Riverton Community Health Clinic, Selkirk Quick Care Clinic, as well as with home care and in hospital.

“I’m grateful to live with my husband and two children in this beautiful area, and love what rural life has to offer. We all enjoy activities that let us spend time outdoors together,” said Griffin. “This is also a great place to work, and I look forward to providing care for people in the community at the new clinic.”  

Nurses at the clinic will be able to help people with most of their everyday health matters. When necessary, they can also consult with specialists and community partners. It’s a team approach that ultimately means better and more coordinated care for patients in the region.

To book an appointment at Winnipeg Beach Primary Care Clinic, call 204-389-3649.

Wpg Beach clinic staff
Staff at the new clinic in Winnipeg Beach will be able to help people with most of their everyday health matters. (L-R) Lynn Hoplock, receptionist; Kelsy Griffin, primary care nurse; and Andrea Smith, nurse practitioner.

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