Significant progress in pursuit of enhanced health care

A Sylvan Lake and Area Urgent Care update issued earlier this week acknowledges the significant progress that’s been made

A Sylvan Lake and Area Urgent Care update issued earlier this week acknowledges the significant progress that’s been made in the town’s pursuit of enhanced health services over the past several months.

A business plan for a Province-funded Family Care Centre (FCC) was recently submitted to Alberta Health, and includes the provision of a number of core medical services, including, but not limited to, medical assistance for non-life-threatening injuries, observation beds and extended hours.

Discussions from meetings resulted in a number of additions being made to the business plan, including programs relating to mental health, seniors care and children’s lifestyle management.

“We believe that this broader approach to patient care, with a stronger focus on prevention and health management by individuals with intervention and guidance from the right health professionals, will be a strong addition to the extended-hours clinic, and could exceed our original Urgent Care Centre vision which will pave the way for enhanced health care,” notes Urgent Care Committee chair Susan Samson in the update.

With Alberta Health’s approval of the business plan, future steps will involve securing a physical space for the clinic and operational planning.

Samson said a timeline on the approval process is hard to predict.

The update can be read in its entirety online at www.sylvanlake.ca/urgentcare.