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Access to care improving in Southdale

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Southdale MLA Erin Selby being sworn in as Minister of Health by 
Richard J.F. Chartier, Chief Justice of Manitoba.

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Southdale MLA Erin Selby being sworn in as Minister of Health by Richard J.F. Chartier, Chief Justice of Manitoba. Photo Store

Anybody else notice that the Superstore on St. Anne’s now has a walk-in clinic in the supermarket?

Just across Fermor in Windsor Park I’ve noticed another sign—a doctor asking for new patients.

A few months ago I visited the Lakewood Medical Centre with one of my daughters who just couldn’t shake the flu. The clinic has an innovative new patient booking system, and on the day we visited we were seen within 15 minutes of arriving — even without an appointment.

There are now a number of new clinics in and around the Southdale area — which stems from the fact there are 562 more doctors practising in Manitoba than in 1999. This increase in the number of doctors isn’t a coincidence — it was a conscious effort on the part of this government to help Manitobans.  

And while doctors are of course a fundamental part of any health care plan, nurses and nurse practitioners also play a vital role. That’s why we’re training more nurses and have added 3,560 to our workforce since 1999.

Nurse practitioners are becoming an increasingly popular option—our new Quick Care Clinics are getting excellent reviews from people who have used them, with early reviews showing families are very happy with the service. I have no doubt the Southdale Quick Care Clinic will be a beneficial addition to our local health care options when it opens.

On Oct. 18, I was sworn in as Health Minister for Manitoba. I look forward to continued improvements in our health care system. And while I believe we’re on the right path, there is always more to do.  

I’ve found that the people of Southdale are a great source of ideas and innovations. I look forward to hearing your ideas on health care and working together to improve the system here and throughout Manitoba.

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