The new North Vancouver Urgent and Primary Care Centre is now open in North Vancouver.
The new centre, located on the second floor of 221 Esplanade West in North Vancouver is located near transit and the Seabus and is one block away from the Squamish Nation community.
The North Vancouver Urgent and Primary Care Centre serves two purposes: It will 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. It will help connect patients to a regular primary care provider.
The North Vancouver Urgent and Primary Care Centre is working with the North Shore Division of Family Practice to connect patients to physicians and nurse practitioners in their community.
“I’m really excited that a new urgent and primary care centre has opened on the North Shore. Residents will be able to get better access to non-emergency care at this facility while simultaneously relieving pressure on the overburdened emergency room at Lions Gate Hospital,” said Bowinn Ma, North Vancouver-Lonsdale MLA.
Staff includes 14 full-time equivalent practitioners, including general practitioners, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and social workers. It will serve all North Shore residents and visitors, including North Vancouver, West Vancouver and Bowen Island/Lions Bay.
“This is a great day for public health-care services for people on the North Shore,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “Our government is strengthening the health-care system so people can get better care, and urgent and primary care centres are just one of the ways we are making life better for people around BC”
The North Vancouver UPCC is the third urgent and primary care centre for Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and 12 have been announced throughout BC under the government’s primary care strategy. The new UPCC is operated by Vancouver Coastal Health in partnership with the Ministry of Health and the North Shore Division of Family Practice.