Phased opening for new Rutland urgent and primary care centre

“Rutland is one of the fastest-growing urban centres in Kelowna and the new UPCC is an important investment to meet the growing needs of the community. The regional hospital district is proud to be a funder and supporter of primary care in the region. While there is still much work to be done, this is a step in the right direction to improve access to vital health-care services for families, seniors and those without direct access to doctors,” said Loyal Wooldridge, chair of the Central Okanagan Regional Hospital District.

Interior Health has been busy recruiting staff, holding a networking event at the Kelowna Yacht Club on Nov. 14. A team of more than 33 full-time healthcare staff will support Rutland UPCC, including family doctors, nurse practitioners, social workers and physiotherapists.

The urgent and primary care centre is a collaboration between Interior Health, Ministry of Health, Central Okanagan Regional Hospital District, Central Okanagan Division of Family Practice and local Indigenous partners, including the Okanagan Nation Alliance.

It provides care for people with non-life-threatening conditions who need to see a health-care provider within 12 to 24 hours but do not require an emergency department. The clinic will also help connect more patients to ongoing team-based primary care services, including mental-health support.

“With the opening of Interior Health’s ninth urgent and primary care centre, we are demonstrating our commitment to connecting more patients with timely and comprehensive care,” said Susan Brown, president and CEO of Interior Health. “Residents of Rutland will have additional access to a team of expert health-care professionals who can address immediate health concerns and offer support for long-term health-care needs.”

A new community health centre in Rutland opened on Nov. 20 at 105-330 Highway 33. The province provided $5.5 million to the Okanagan Family Medicine and Community Health Centre Society to operate the CHC, which will focus on women’s health and other underserved populations in the community. The CHC will be open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and will offer extended hours during evenings, weekends and holidays.