As of March 12, the Kemptville Health and Wellness Centre is officially open for business, and its three family doctors continue to accept new patients.
“We are giving priority to those who do not currently have a local family physician at all, or who have a physician, but are having to travel outside of the local community to receive health care,” said director of the centre, Lisa LaCombe-Pushee. "We feel it's extremely important for patients to be able to access medical care close to home and within their own community. We also recognize that the relationship between a patient and their physician is very important.”
During the first three weeks, staff at the centre have seen an average intake of 25 patients per physician per day. In order to accommodate even more patients daily, the centre is extending its hours in the evenings.
“So far, it’s been amazing,” said M’lisa Jarrett, medical office assistant at the centre. “I’ve seen people coming from as far as Morrisburg and Cornwall, and seeing that they’re travelling that far tells me there’s a need for doctors, so that’s been very eye-opening.”
Jarrett says the centre is open until 8 p.m. from Tuesday to Thursday, and hours will be extended until 8 p.m. on Mondays as well, beginning in May. “Eventually, we’ll be open on Saturday mornings as well, likely sometime in the fall,” Jarrett said.
The Kemptville Health and Wellness Centre focuses on primary care, and accepts patients from newborn to the elderly. “They’ve all been really great to work with, and we’re so excited to be a part of the community,” said Jarrett.
Of the three current doctors practicing at the centre, two are a married couple from Ukraine; Dr. Slava and Dr. Olga Goulets.
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