New medical clinic opening in Prince Edward County next week for patients without family doctors

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Residents without a primary care provider in Prince Edward County now have a new option for urgent health care needs with the launch of the Community Clinic by the Prince Edward Family Health Team (PEFHT).

Scheduled to open on Feb. 27, this clinic aims to offer problem-specific primary care to unattached residents, addressing a pressing need in the community.

As of October 2023, 2,000 Prince Edward County residents were registered on Health Care Connect, a provincial waiting list for a family physician; but, “the unattached situation locally is much more dire than this,” according to a media release from the PEFHT.

The clinic will cater to a range of symptoms and conditions, including ear and throat aches, coughs, UTIs, bladder infections, sprains, strains, minor burns, eye redness, skin infections, rashes, wound checks, minor sutures, congestive heart failure, asthma, STD screening, prenatal care, mental health concerns, prescription renewals, drivers’ physicals, clearances for participation in activities, return-to-work letters and post-assessment specialist referrals.

Operating hours for the clinic are set from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in Picton at 35 Bridge St. Suite 1 and 2, and Thursdays in Wellington at the Sandbanks Medical Centre located at 12 Prince Edward St. Phone lines will be open for appointments on Mondays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents can schedule appointments by calling 613-827-8775 or booking online at www.pefht.ca.

In-person information sessions were held on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, and a final session will be held on Friday, Feb. 23 from 5 to 6 a.m. via Zoom. The meeting can be joined here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87530093558

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