Eastern Health Moves Forward with Community-Based Approach to Primary Health Care

January 12, 2022 – St. John’s, NL: Eastern Health is moving forward with its long-term approach to delivering primary health care for individuals without a family health-care provider by opening a new community walk-in clinic in the metro area today.

The new clinic, located at 50 Mundy Pond Rd, St. John’s, will provide adults and children with access to health services to treat minor health issues or injuries as well as promote overall health and wellness. The clinic will be open Monday to Friday from 12:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

At this time, the clinic is walk-in only on a first-come, first-served basis and will initially be staffed by one physician and one registered nurse. It will provide care for up to 24 patients per day, with plans to expand based on community need. In the long term, it will be staffed by a rotating team of health-care providers that includes family doctors and nurse practitioners, as well as registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and clerical support serving approximately 60-70 patients per day. As the current COVID-19 response subsides, further capacity will be added, including additional booking options and increased availability.

The public is reminded that they should not attend the clinic if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Instead, they should complete a COVID-19 Assessment by clicking here. Those who visit the clinic will be screened for COVID-19 upon entry. All patients are required to wear a face mask per public health recommendations.

Individuals who are not seriously ill are encouraged to use this service rather than go to hospital emergency departments. In case of an emergency, individuals should proceed go to the nearest emergency department or call 911 for an ambulance.

Eastern Health thanks the public for their support and reminds them of the importance of continuing to follow public health guidance to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their communities. These precautions are designed to help keep patients, clients, residents, visitors, staff and physicians safe and help in the prevention and spread of infection.

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