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Second mobile medical clinic slated for Southern Manitoba in the fall

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The province is rolling out a second mobile clinic in rural Manitoba in the hopes of reaching a thousand more patients without a regular doctor.

This one will visit communities such as Dominion City, Woodbridge, Plumas, Langruth and St. Ambrose in the Southern Health region beginning this fall.

The first, which came into service early this year, is motoring to towns and First Nations on the far west side of the province near the Saskatchewan border.

A third mobile clinic is planned for the Interlake next year.

Each clinic on wheels is budgeted to cost $1.1 million annually to operate — including salaries.

They are staffed by a nurse practitioner, a registered nurse and a driver and offer services ranging from regular checkups and the treatment of minor ailments to helping patients manage chronic diseases. Each unit contains two examining rooms, medical and diagnostic equipment and access to electronic medical record systems.

"We’re getting fantastic feedback from people who have gone through the first (mobile clinic)," Health Minister Erin Selby said Wednesday as the second unit was displayed in front of the Legislative Building.

The province has yet to compile statistics on how many Manitobans have used the first mobile clinic.

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