Health Minister Adrian Dix has announced the opening of Victoria’s first urgent and primary care centre (UPCC), located in James Bay.
The minister noted “By increasing the number of publicly funded health-care professionals in the community, thousands of people who currently lack a primary care provider will benefit from increased access to same day appointments for urgent needs and improved access to regular, ongoing primary care into the future.͟”
The UPCC will be operated by the Island Health Authority, which has leased space at the James Bay Community Project, 547 Michigan St., and started renovations.
Expected to open in March 2020, the UPCC will provide extended hours of care 365 days a year, with primary care providers supporting both attachment and access to services.
The UPCC in James Bay will recruit general practitioners, nurse practitioners, nurses and mental health and substance-use clinicians to improve access to same-day care and provide ongoing primary care through booked appointments. Using a team-based care approach, once fully operational, it is estimated the centre will provide tens of thousands of patient visits per year.
The new James Bay health centre is the former site of Whiteye Community Health Centre.
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