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July 9, 2019

Seven Oaks Urgent Care Centre opens July 22

The emergency department at Seven Oaks General Hospital will become an Urgent Care Centre on Monday, July 22, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority announced today. The centre will be open 24 hours a day, seven days per week.

The Urgent Care Centre will be appropriately staffed to treat patients arriving either via ambulance or on a walk-in basis for treatment of urgent, but non-life-threatening health concerns. The transition to Urgent Care will occur at 7 a.m. on July 22. There will be no interruption in service to patients.

As with the transition of Victoria General Hospital's emergency department to an Urgent Care Centre in 2017, and Concordia Hospital's in June 2019, the change at Seven Oaks will be supported by safety protocols and contingencies that ensure an appropriate response to higher-acuity patients. The Urgent Care Centre will support the hospital's in-patient units, providing assessment, stabilization and code response.

A public awareness campaign regarding the transition of Seven Oaks General Hospital's emergency department will begin this week and continue until September. The campaign will be conducted in compliance with Manitoba's Election Financing Act.

Urgent Care Centres are designed to treat urgent, but non-life-threatening, health concerns, such as injured limbs that might be broken or sprained; fevers, flu symptoms, rashes or infections; cuts or wounds, and other illnesses or injuries that cannot wait for an appointment.

Winnipeggers can visit www.myrightcare.ca or call Health Links - Info Santé at (204)788-8200 or toll-free 1-888-315-9257 to get information and help on where best to receive care for any health condition. People are encouraged to remember that if they believe they are in need of serious medical attention, they should always call 911.