New Norwest Access Centre Opens

April 25, 2013

New Clinic Part of Plan to Ensure All Manitobans Can Access a Family Doctor by 2015: Premier

Families in Winnipeg will now have an easier time finding a family doctor and accessing health and social services all under the same roof, Premier Greg Selinger announced today at the grand opening of ACCESS NorWest.

“Manitoba is building and improving our hospitals and health centres, like ACCESS NorWest, to give families better care and more convenient access to a family doctor, home care and other primary care professionals,” said Selinger. “This new ACCESS centre is a part of our plan to ensure every Manitoban can access a family doctor by 2015.”

Nearly 100 front-line professionals will work at ACCESS NorWest including 22 new staff such as family doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, mental-health professionals and others. Recruitment is well underway and the additional staff are expected to help 2,500 more Manitobans access a family doctor and primary care team.  In addition to the new medical clinic, families in northwest Winnipeg will be able to access a variety of health and social services including:

  • diabetes education and support,
  • nutrition counselling,
  • employment and income assistance,
  • family violence counselling,
  • Aboriginal health outreach,
  • assistance in finding child care, and
  • immigrant women’s counselling.

“By locating a clinic, health and social services together in one place, patients can connect with the right services close to home to address their health needs at the time they need them most,” Arlene Wilgosh, president and CEO of the Winnipeg Health Region said. “The variety of health and social services available at ACCESS NorWest will help us to better meet the needs of families in northwest Winnipeg.”

“ACCESS NorWest reaches community members at all stages of life,” Nancy Heinrichs, executive director of NorWest Community Health Centre said. “From primary care to mental health, from counselling to family services programs, we are here to support our community.”

The Manitoba government invested $4.7 million in ACCESS NorWest as part of a plan to build 22 clinics across Manitoba. Six new clinics are now open. The Manitoba government expects to invest over $48 million to build 16 more clinics including more ACCESS centres and QuickCare Clinics over the next two years as part of the Manitoba Building and Renewal Fund.

“New clinics and other health facilities help reduce the use of more expensive health services like ER visits and they mean better care for families,” said Health Minister Theresa Oswald. “That’s why we’ve said no to shortsighted cuts to our hospitals and health construction projects and, instead, we’re building to give families access to the care they need.”

ACCESS NorWest is located on the corner of Burrows Avenue and Keewatin Street, and is now accepting patients in its primary care clinic. NorWest Clinic at Bluebird, a satellite clinic built by the Manitoba government, is located at 97 Keewatin St.

The ACCESS centre, which also includes a community kitchen, is a partnership of the Manitoba government, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and the NorWest Community Health Co‑Op.

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