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Province opens ACCESS health centre in northwest Winnipeg

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Winnipeg’s newest health-care centre is now accepting patients.

The $4.7 million ACCESS NorWest at the corner of Burrows Avenue and Keewatin Street was opened today by Premier Greg Selinger and Health Minister Theresa Oswald.

"This new ACCESS centre is a part of our plan to ensure every Manitoban can access a family doctor by 2015," Selinger said.

Nearly 100 front-line professionals will work at ACCESS NorWest including 22 new staff such as family doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, mental-health professionals and others. Families in northwest Winnipeg will also be able to access a number of health and social services including diabetes support, nutrition counselling, employment and income assistance and family violence counseling.

"By locating a clinic, health and social services together in one place, patients can connect with the right services close to home to address their health needs at the time they need them most," Arlene Wilgosh, president and CEO of the Winnipeg Health Region said.

ACCESS NorWest is part of a plan by the NDP to build 22 clinics across Manitoba. Six new clinics are now open. The Manitoba government expects to spend more than $48 million to build 16 more clinics including more ACCESS centres and QuickCare Clinics over the next two years as part of the Manitoba Building and Renewal Fund, which was announced in the recent budget.

"New clinics and other health facilities help reduce the use of more expensive health services like ER visits and they mean better care for families," Health Minister Theresa Oswald said.

The ACCESS centre, which also includes a community kitchen, is a partnership of the Manitoba government, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and the NorWest Community Health Co‑Op.

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