Manitoba government opens first minor injury and illness clinic in Brandon

It is estimated to see over 700 patients per week

Manitoba government opens first minor injury and illness clinic in Brandon

The Manitoba government has announced the opening of the first minor injury and illness clinic in Brandon, which is part of an investment that will open new clinics all over the province.

According to Premier Wab Kinew, the new clinic is part of the Budget 2024 which is geared towards offering more primary care options to the province. Its staff will include physicians, nurse practitioners, and nurses providing primary healthcare services as well as support for minor healthcare concerns.

“When your child needs stitches or you have the flu, a crowded ER should not be your only option… The clinic will offer timely and convenient care for families and seniors, while reducing pressure on Brandon’s ER. Longer hours mean more options for busy parents so you can spend less time in the waiting room and more time on what matters most,” said Kinew.

The clinic will allow patients to book same-day appointments as well as virtually connect with healthcare providers. It will also have extended hours and operate for 12 hours a day for seven days a week.

Minister of Health, Seniors and Long-Term Care Uzoma Asagwara stated that the expansion of primary care was vital in improving the health outcomes for those who lived in Manitoba. It will also be reducing the pressure on emergency services.

“This care model aims to reduce the number of people with less urgent care needs from waiting within the Brandon Regional Health Centre emergency department by providing timely access to primary care,” said Brian Schoonbaert, CEO, Prairie Mountain Health.

He added that they are currently working with partners as well as its healthcare professionals in order to attain the required space and staffing plans that will help in ensuring that the clinic will be opened as soon as time permitted.

“This clinic is a perfect example of the flexible, accessible care our government is investing in to help families. This clinic will support Brandon families who need more options when it comes to less serious health concerns. It’s one of a series of investments our government is making to reduce emergency room wait times and provide better care to patients, faster,” said Asagwara.

While Prairie Mountain Health determines a permanent place for the clinic, an interim location will be opened in Brandon in September. According to Asagwara, an estimated number of 700 people per week will be served by the clinic once it opens.