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Provincial Government Moving Forward With Three More ACCESS Centres in Winnipeg to Provide More Convenient Health Care for Manitoba Families

January 30, 2013

More Clinics Will Help More Manitobans Find a Family Doctor: Oswald

Families will soon have three new facilities to take care of their health needs as the province moves forward with new ACCESS Centres to be built in St. Boniface, St. Vital and southwest Winnipeg, Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced today.

“Our government has been very committed to ensuring that every Manitoban who wants a doctor will have one.  By building our infrastructure and adding new, accessible health facilities, we are increasing capacity across the system by providing Manitoba families with the best, most convenient health care,” said Oswald.

After initial planning and development work, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) has issued a request for proposals to identify potential locations for the three new centres and to invite developers to bid on designing and building them.

The three new ACCESS Centres will include primary-care clinics with doctors and nurse practitioners, said Oswald, adding the centres will provide community health and social services under one roof to offer more convenient access to the services families need such as home care, mental health treatment, dieticians, pharmacists, social workers, and assistance for seniors and families with finding child care, housing, employment and income assistance.

The three new centres are in addition to the three centres that are already established in River East, Transcona and downtown, and the two that are currently under construction in St. James and northwest Winnipeg.

“We recognize that a person’s health is influenced by a number of factors.  Using a team approach to help our clients address health and social service needs is an important part of our strategy to support individuals at the community level,” said Réal Cloutier, vice-president, community area services, WRHA.  “These new ACCESS Centres will also be collaborating with our community partners such as Centre de Santé Saint-Boniface Service Centre and Youville Community Health Centre.”

The provincial government has committed to build 22 new health clinics around the province including ACCESS Centres, QuickCare Clinics and Community Care Clinics, which are a critical part of its commitment to ensure all Manitobans have access to a family doctor by 2015, said Oswald.

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The 22 New Health-care Clinics