The North Vancouver UPCC is the third UPCC to be announced for Greater Vancouver and the 10th to be announced in B.C. under the government’s primary care strategy.
The centre will provide urgent primary care with more than 35,000 patient visits each year by 2023 by a team of health-care providers, including doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers and office staff. The centre will serve two purposes: one is to provide care for people with non-life-threatening conditions who need to see a health-care provider within 12 to 24 hours but don’t require an emergency department.
The second purpose will be to help attach patients to a regular primary care provider. To facilitate this, the centre will attach patients to health-care providers in the community in collaboration with the North Shore Division of Family Practice and will provide ongoing wrap-around care for unattached patients on an interim basis while they arrange for patients to be connected to other local practices for their longitudinal care.
“This new urgent and primary care centre is something that people on the North Shore really need and I thank all of our community partners for working collaboratively for a facility that will meet local residents public health-care requirements quickly, which is great,” said Bowinn Ma, North Vancouver-Lonsdale MLA.