Planning for urgent medical care initiative moving to next stage

A campaign to provide enhanced medical services to people in the Sylvan Lake area has passed another milestone.

A campaign to provide enhanced medical services to people in the Sylvan Lake area has passed another milestone.

A proposal was sent to Alberta Health Services by an October 1st deadline and “they liked what they saw”, said Urgent Care Task Force Chair Susan Samson.

“Now they’ve asked us to send a second letter of interest and go into the next phase which will take two or three months.”

The options for the committee are to form a non-profit association or get Alberta Health Services to be the front organization and develop a business plan.

Samson said the committee will reconvene in the next week and get into detailed discussions about who is going to do what in the next steps.

“Things are pretty positive. We’re pleased to be moving forward with the province.”

Dispelling information circulating in the community, Samson said elements of the Family Care Centre concept are “the same as what we wanted for urgent care — seven days a week, extended hours, medical treatment for non-critical emergencies, same day access to medical doctors, and access to lab and x-ray”.

“We’re still asking for that, now it’s being called a Family Care Clinic and we’re pursuing that because the province calls it a Family Care Clinic,” said Samson.