Two teams of doctors for Lower Town?

Two teams of doctors for Lower Town?

Quebec City (Quebec) Two teams of doctors want to settle in Lower Town.

The Agency for Health National Capital is reorganizing medical services in the Lower Town and Limoilou. Two teams of doctors hope everyone will open a new family medicine group (FMG).

That will please the citizens of these neighborhoods lack of doctors. For over a year, the lack of access to health care in these areas is regularly highlighted in the media.

In November, an appeal was launched to find practitioners motivated to settle in the city centre, said the Assistant to the General Directorate for Health Agency, René Bouchard. Two proposals were filed.

The projects are still tied. No need to call for an appointment. The Agency for Health and the Health and Social Services Centre (CSSS) of the Old Capital estimate that it will take a few months for the volunteers hone their case and get their accreditation GMF.

“[That] will provide more services to more people, in particular those dealing with chronic health problems without a family physician, who live in family and socio-economic realities that require services tailored to their needs,” so says the assistant to the general management of the CSSS, Suzanne Peloquin, in a statement received Friday.

Meanwhile, it is still possible to visit the Saint-Vallier Medical Centre Street Montmagny. The walk-in clinic of this service has almost disappeared. However, the authorities reached an agreement to keep the time that other projects are completed.

The Saint-Vallier Medical Centre, rue Montmagny, is open to the entire population, not just local patients until the end of spring. Patients who do not have family doctors, or whose doctor is not available, may present themselves on weekdays. No appointment needed.

Although there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel, the neighborhood residents organized a rally Saturday in front of the Medical Centre Saint-Vallier. While other clinics could open in Lower Town and Limoilou, it is important to keep the “walk-in” in Saint-Sauveur, said Nathalie Côté, a member of walk-Committee and coordinator Law Journal Word.

Disadvantaged clientele are not all able to travel a few miles to see doctors, she said.

Ms. Côté is pleased that the Agency for Health is satisfied that GMF guarantee the service without an appointment into May.

But she points out that no long-term solution has been found to save the medical center in the Lower Town.

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