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Residents of Sooke will be happy to hear that significant expansions are coming to the West Coast Family Medical Clinic.

The province plans to begin investigating an additional $1 million a year into the clinic, which will be used to renovate the facility and hire additional staff, including two doctors and three nurses.

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“People in Sooke have banded together to advocate for improved primary health-care services in the region for many years,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health in a release.

“Expanding the West Coast Family Medical Clinic is a significant step in supporting improved access to health-care services for the more than 4,000 people in Sooke who do not have consistent primary care.”

Meanwhile, the province has invested millions into two other health centres on Vancouver Island.

Beginning in June 2019, major upgrades will come to Nanaimo’s Medical Arts Urgent and Primary Care Centre and in November 2018, the province opened a brand new urgent primary care centre in Langford.

The West Coast Family Medical Clinic provides a variety of health services to the region – including the Elders’ Wellness Clinic at the T’Souke Nationa – like primary care, newborn and postpartum care, non-emergency urgent care, and more.

The health centre will remain open during its upgrades and as new staff members are added. In June 2019, the renovations will include expanding into adjacent offices.

The West Coast Family Medical Clinic is open Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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