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NDP say Richmond urgent care centre will open in next year

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 2:03 PDT, Tue October 20, 2020

Last Updated: 2:25 PDT, Tue October 20, 2020

Richmond will get a new urgent primary care centre next year, if the NDP is elected. The urgent primary care centre (UPCC) will join nine others across the province, first announced in 2018, that are aimed at providing better access to care, close to home.

“Having a UPCC here in Richmond is going to provide more security for so many people,” said Richmond-Queensborough NDP candidate Aman Singh. “It’s hard, especially when you have a family, to not have access to a regular family doctor—the UPCC is going to bridge that gap by connecting people to a consistent team of health professionals.”

It is anticipated the UPCC’s health care team will include family physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and allied health professionals. Once fully staffed, the team will serve thousands of residents, providing urgent care for things like sprains and burns to take pressure off emergency departments, and on-going primary care by connecting patients who don’t have a family doctor or nurse practitioner a team of care providers for the long-term.

There are already 21 UPCCs opened or on the way across the province and British Columbians are making good use of them. For example, in just a year of operations, the Nanaimo UPCC has served more than 36,000 patient visits.

“After just a few years, our government’s UPCCs and Primary Care Networks are adding 1,300 new doctors, nurses and health professionals in communities around BC—with more to come,” said Richmond South Centre NDP candidate Henry Yao. “And that means better care and a more secure future for everyone in our province.” 

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