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Mallorytown, Ont. residents struggling since walk-in clinic closure

Frustration is building in Mallorytown.

When the town’s only walk-in clinic closed in February, there was talk about getting new health professionals to fill the gap.

But, the village is still waiting.

Angie Cowan has been fighting for health care in Front of Younge Township since late last year, when she learned provincial budget cuts would lead to Mallorytown, the township’s hub, losing its only free walk-in clinic.

She says that since the clinic closed in February, things have only continued to get harder for people living in the rural area.

“We now have to go to a private clinic, where we don’t even have a nurse, or we have to go to emergency,” she said.

Cowan isn’t in this battle alone. Numerous people who used to use the clinic’s services, along with Front of Yonge Township council are pushing the province.

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Front of Yonge Township mayor Roger Haley says they were elated in February when MPP Steve Clark said that Mallorytown would be first on the list for funding for a new clinic staffed by a nurse practitioner, but almost 10 months later, the fully ready clinic remains empty, and the people of Mallorytown unserved.

“If the announcement was made today that we had the funding, we still have to hire somebody, so this could be months down the road before we find someone,” said Haley.

Now, between waiting and the lack of action from the province, Haley, Cowan and the hundreds of people who Haley says used the clinic, frustration is mounting.

“We’re just being told ‘Oh, we’re reviewing the applications, we’re reviewing the applications,’ and … nothing,” he

Interior Health issues advice on accessing care in Vernon with no more walk-in clinics

Emergency doctors at Vernon Jubilee Hospital recently went public with what they called “grave concerns” about the impact of the clinic’s closure, concerned they don’t have enough doctors or space to handle what could amount to another 120 patients per day at the hospital.

IH said they are aware of those concerns.

“We will also have ongoing discussions with emergency department physicians at Vernon Jubilee Hospital so we can discuss and address any issues they have directly,” the agency said.

Interior Health said it recognizes the impact of the closure of Sterling Centre Clinic’s for Vernon and area residents and says many people will have questions on what the closure means to accessing care in Vernon.

“While long-term plans are underway, community members can continue to access primary care services through their family doctors, family nurse practitioners or book same-day urgent care appointments at the Vernon Urgent and Primary Care Centre.”

The centre is located at 3105 28th Avenue and the phone number is (250) 541-1097.

IH advised that if a patient is experiencing a medical concern, they can reach out to the triage nurse at the Urgent and Primary Care Clinic to discuss what is happening and get direction on the best way to seek care.

“The triage nurse follows a standardized process to determine what level of care that is needed and offers appointments or care suggestions based on that assessment. For example, they can book you a same-day or next-day appointment within urgent care, recommend that you seek a prescription from your pharmacist or advise you to seek care at the emergency room.”

Patients who already have a family doctor are encouraged to go to them.

Community pharmacies can assist with routine and emergency prescription renewals for contraceptives and medications for 21 minor ailments.

“While this does

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