New super-clinic to open in Vaudreuil-Dorion
PHOTO BY JULES-PIERRE MALARTRE Soulanges MNA Lucie Charlebois (left) and Vaudreuil MNA Marie-Claude Nichols (right) flank Health Minister Gaétan Barrette at the May 11 super-clinic announcement.
Minister of Health and Social Services Gaétan Barrette was in Vaudreuil-Dorion Friday, May 11 to make an announcement on the strengthening of front-line emergency services in the Montérégie area.
Barrette, accompanied by Lucie Charlebois, Minister for Rehabilitation, Youth Protection, Public Health and Healthy Living; and Marie-Claude Nichols, Vaudreuil MNA, announced the opening of the fourth and fifth super-clinics of the Montérégie area, both located in Vaudreuil-Dorion, with one already in service, Polyclinique médicale Vaudreuil on Harwood Boulevard, and the next one, located on Dutrisac Street near Saint-Charles Avenue, slated to go live next October.
Yves Masse, president and chief executive officer of CISSS Montérégie, underlined the importance of this announcement.
“Improving front-line emergency services has a direct impact on the overall fluidity of the services provided to the population. It will allow for patients to be seen at the right moment, at the right place, by the right person.”
“During our mandate, we decided to reform healthcare to provide proximity services everywhere in Quebec, and this is exactly what we did,” Barrette said. He added that doctors took up the challenge by registering patients, increasing their work hours and making sure people had access to services. Barrette said more doctors were brought onboard in the area last year and that even more would come this year if services can be adapted to the needs of the population.
Barrette stressed the importance of front-line emergency services, but that there was a need for an intermediary between hospitals and family doctors.
“When we don’t have a family doctor, but we are experiencing a minor problem, the super-clinic is where we need to go.”
Barrette thanked the doctors who took up the challenge of giving access to minor medical services available 12 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year to local residents. “This is on par with hospital services,” Barrette declared. “This is where we can go and have access to the same medical investigation services offered at the hospital.”
Barrette said x-rays, ultrasounds and blood collection would be some of the services offered at the super-clinics. “If you have a headache, if you suffer from a sprain, you will get the x-ray you need. You will get the blood collection needed for diagnosis and to begin treatment – not to go to the hospital, but to go home.”
PHOTO BY JULES-PIERRE MALARTRE
The new Groupes de médecine de famille (GMF) Trois-Lacs super-clinic presently being built in Vaudreuil-Soulanges on Dutrisac Street is scheduled to be operational in October.
Barrette said the super-clinic would be classified as Level 1, which represents 20,000 appointments for non-registered patients on top of appointments offered to registered patients.
Barrette added that starting May 18, a new redirection procedure was being introduced at the Hôpital du Suroît to send some patients to super-clinics. He said the procedure aims to reduce the time patients have to wait to receive treatments. Barrette feels that as super-clinics grow, the redirection procedure will change people’s culture and that super-clinic will recruit more doctors.
“Every year, we have a record number of new doctors coming in.”
While she would not go into specifics, Charlebois took to the podium to help dispel some of the rumours circulating about healthcare.
“So many things are being said about doctors in the media at the moment. When they were all leaving for other provinces, people were complaining. Now that they are with us and offering us more availability, people are still complaining. Can this stop? Can we say that there is finally a government that is taking charge and working with doctors to make sure we are getting more services?” Charlebois added that she will be holding regular press conferences to inform the public on progress and to stop ongoing speculations.
Following the press conference, Barrette refuted claims that medical personnel were fleeing Quebec.
“I personally know doctors who are coming back to Quebec from the United States. My phone keeps ringing with doctors asking if they can come back.”
Regarding the upcoming Vaudreuil-Soulanges hospital, Barrette reassured attendees the process was following its course. “I can formally say that the next step is procuring the land, which should take place in June. The project is authorized, funded and following its course. It will happen.”