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What people are saying about an urgent and primary care centre (UPCC) coming to the Tri-Cities

Mike Farnworth, MLA for Port Coquitlam –

“This announcement demonstrates how the government is committed to providing easier access to health-care services for people in every community of this province. As a resident of Port Coquitlam for more than 40 years, I’ve seen the Tri-Cities grow rapidly, and I am confident this new Tri-Cities urgent and primary care centre will ensure residents can get their daily health-care needs met more conveniently after work and on weekends.”

Selina Robinson, MLA for Coquitlam-Maillardville –

“As a long-time resident of Coquitlam and a former city councillor, I often heard from people having difficulty getting a regular family doctor. This new urgent and primary care centre will ensure people can get consistent health care from a team of professionals, resulting in a better overall daily quality of life.”

Dr. Victoria Lee, president and CEO, Fraser Health –

“We are proud to work closely with our partners to bring co-ordinated, patient-centred health services closer to home for people living in the Tri-Cities. By attaching them to consistent care providers, we can help them remain healthy, manage chronic health concerns, avoid unnecessary visits to the hospital and remain independent in their community.”

Dr. Stephanie Aung, board chair, Fraser Northwest Division of Family Practice –

“We are motivated in this new partnership with Fraser Health, Indigenous partners and division members to work in collaborative and innovative ways together by creating a space for new family doctors to work together in a team-based care model with new allied health-care providers, such as social workers, counsellors, cultural advisors and dietitians. The division representing the family physicians in the community is committed to improving access to a primary care provider who knows your health best for all living in the Tri-Cities. We are working together to find creative ways to bring more family doctors to our community, who we need greatly. With more doctors, new nurse practitioners and primary care network service team members, we are hopeful to work toward giving our community the health-care system it deserves."

Dr. Kathleen Ross, president, Doctors of BC –

“We look forward to the integration of a UPCC in the Tri-Cities in hopes it will strengthen primary care in the community and ensure people there have access to the health-care services they need, while also supporting long-term relationships between patients and their family doctor.”

Michael Sandler, executive director, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC –

“Nurses and nurse practitioners of B.C. are pleased to see that the knowledge, skills and expertise of the entire health-care team will be utilized to improve access to health care for all British Columbians through urgent and primary care clinics. We believe that this approach will be pivotal in ensuring B.C. families can access health-care services, and we are excited to see the opening of another urgent and primary care clinic in B.C."