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Hamilton Health Sciences’ new Main Street West Urgent Care Centre

Hamilton Health Sciences’ new Main Street West Urgent Care Centre is set to open in April 2011

Hamilton -- Construction is underway at Hamilton Health Sciences’ new Urgent Care Centre (UCC) located in Hamilton’s west end at 690 Main Street West at Macklin Street North.

The Main Street West UCC is scheduled to open in early April 2011 and will provide care to people requiring prompt medical treatment of non-life-threatening illness or injuries that do not require emergency care and cannot wait for a scheduled appointment with a family doctor.

“Provincial statistics indicate that 40 per cent of people who visit Emergency Rooms don’t actually need to be there. Non-life-threatening issues, including cuts and wounds requiring stitches, sprains, simple fractures, ear infections and fever, can actually be seen more quickly in an urgent care centre,” said Dr. Bill Krizmanich, Chief of Emergency Medicine, Hamilton Health Sciences.

Results from the 2010 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey released in November found that Canadians are the biggest users of emergency departments compared to the 10 countries surveyed, and that Canadians had the greatest difficulty accessing care in the evenings, weekends and holidays, anywhere other than Emergency Rooms.

“We expect that the new Main Street West Urgent Care Centre will help people find that care outside of our region’s busy Emergency Rooms and will also provide another option for individuals who don’t have a family doctor,” said Dr. Krizmanich.

It is anticipated that the new facility will build up to about 30,000 visits in its first year, most of those patients who are currently treated in the city’s Emergency Departments – Hamilton General, Juravinski Hospital and St. Joseph’s Healthcare.

The new facility will be staffed by a team of specialized physicians and nurses and will be equipped to perform diagnostic tests such as x-rays and ultrasounds. No appointments will be required. Walk-in patients will be served seven days a week between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m.

“I’m delighted at the addition of a sixth destination for people in Hamilton and our region who are seeking emergency or urgent care,” said Ted McMeekin, MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale. “Based on the experience of the east Hamilton Urgent Care Centre, I know this facility will be a wonderful addition to the community.”

The new Urgent Care Centre is part of Hamilton Health Sciences’ broad plan to improve care by furthering the development of centres of excellence to provide better-organized services for adults and children. One of the key aspects of the plan is to provide expanded care for children, including the creation of a children’s-only Emergency Department. On the same day the Main Street West Urgent Care Centre opens in early April, the Emergency at McMaster University Medical Centre will be converted to treat only children under age 18.

‘We are very excited about the new level of service we’ll be offering Hamilton and the region. The addition of the UCC will provide people of all ages with a great option for urgent care, while our world-class McMaster Children’s Hospital will finally have a purpose-built, specialized Emergency Department to meet the unique needs of children in our region,” said Murray Martin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hamilton Health Sciences.

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For further information or to arrange an interview please contact:

Agnes Bongers Sr. Public Relations Specialist Hamilton Health Sciences Public Relations and Communications Tel: 905-521-2100 ext 76056 Paging: 905-521-5030

Hamilton Health Sciences • Hamilton, Ontario • 905.521.2100

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