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Urgent and primary care centre opens in Richmond

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 2:56 PDT, Thu April 1, 2021

Last Updated: 3:49 PDT, Thu April 1, 2021

Richmond residents now have more access to health care, with the April 1 opening of a new urgent and primary care centre.

Located in the Community Health Access Centre at 7671 Alderbridge Way, it is now open weekday evenings from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., as well as Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays and statutory holidays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This marks the first phase of a two-phased opening for the Richmond Urgent and Primary Care Centre.

The initial temporary location shares spaces with the Community Health Access Centre and provides urgent primary care services. A multidisciplinary team of 10.5 full-time equivalent health-care workers, including general practitioners and registered nurses, will deliver urgent primary care services to people who need to see a health-care provider within 12 to 24 hours but do not require a trip to the emergency department. The Richmond centre will also connect patients to mental health and social work services in the community.

The permanent location will offer extended hours of operation as well as full-service long-term primary care services, including mental health and social work, as well as medical diagnostics. As doctors and nurse practitioners are recruited, attachment will be provided in collaboration with the Richmond Division of Family Practice.

Richmond residents requiring urgent care in the evenings and on the weekends are encouraged to visit the Richmond Urgent and Primary Care Centre. Care is provided on a drop-in basis. No appointment is required.

As the Richmond Urgent and Primary Care Centre opens on Easter weekend, the centre will observe the following hours:

Thursday, April 1 from 5 to 10 p.m.

Friday, April 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, April 3 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday, April 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, April 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The Richmond Urgent and Primary Care Centre is a collaboration between the Ministry of Health, Vancouver Coastal Health and the Richmond Division of Family Practice. It is part of the Richmond Primary Care Network.

This is the 24th urgent and primary care centre announced under the government's primary care strategy.

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