March 9, 2022 – St. John’s, NL: Eastern Health is announcing the opening of two new Collaborative Team Clinics in the metro area as it moves forward with its long-term approach to delivering primary health-care for individuals without a family health-care provider. These two new clinics are in addition to the Collaborative Team Clinic on Pippy Place which opened in 2020.
One of the new clinics is located at 50 Mundy Pond Road and provides services through a team of health professionals including physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and other health-care team members including dietitians, pharmacists, social workers, mental health nurses, diabetes nurse educators, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. The clinic is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The other clinic, located at 1144 Topsail Road in Mount Pearl will open mid-March, 2022. Both clinics are accepting new and wait-listed patients.
“The establishment of these clinics, as well as the others created since 2020, is one of the ways that Eastern Health aims to improve access to primary care for individuals who have been unable to find and become attached to a permanent family doctor or nurse practitioner,” said Judy O’Keefe, Vice President of Clinical Services with Eastern Health. “Opening Collaborative Team Clinics is another step towards achieving our goal of improving access and attachment to primary care providers and we are excited to open these clinics which will help more people across the region have their health-care needs addressed.”
Patients, who do not have access to a primary care provider such as a family physician or a nurse practitioner, can register to be seen at one of the Collaborative Team Clinics through the Patient Connect NL website at https://patientconnect.nlchi.nl.ca/. Patient Connect NL will identify those with high priority health needs based on responses to the health questions during the registration process. Patients will be registered for the closest Collaborative Team Clinic to where they live and they will be contacted by someone from the clinic to book an appointment when the staff is ready to see the new patient. There may be a waiting period from the time that patients register to the time when they receive an appointment with a Collaborative Team Clinic.
The public is reminded that they should not attend an Eastern Health clinic if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Instead, they should complete a COVID-19 Assessment by visiting https://covidassessment.nlchi.nl.ca/. Those who visit the clinics will be screened for COVID-19 upon entry. All patients are required to wear a face mask per public health recommendations.