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Kelowna to get second urgent and primary care centre

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An urgent and primary care centre is scheduled to open this fall in Kelowna's Rutland neighbourhood.

It will be at 110 Highway 33 West and is the second such facility in Kelowna. The other one is at the Capri Centre mall. There are also urgent and primary care centres in West Kelowna, Vernon, Kamloops, Penticton and Ashcroft.

“The centre will serve two purposes,” a Ministry of Health news release says. “The first is to provide urgent primary-care services to people living in the community who need to see a health-care provider within 12 to 24 hours, but do not require going to the emergency department, such as patients with sprains, cuts, high fevers and minor infections.

"The second purpose is to help attach more patients to the clinic to provide ongoing team-based primary-care services, including mental health.”

It will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. seven days a week and is expected to have 31.3 full-time-equivalent jobs, including 5.4 family doctors, 7.4 nurse practitioners, 11 registered nurses, 4.1 social workers, 2.4 physiotherapists and one life-skills worker, the release says.

A community health centre is also under development for Rutland, the news release says.

“Community health centres are community-governed, not-for-profit organizations with services tailored to meet the health needs of the community they serve,” the release says.

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