After announcing the launch of a nurse practitioner clinic in Victoria, the B.C. provincial government issued a statement announcing the opening of a second care centre in the Greater Victoria area this year.

A new Urgent and Primary Care Centre (UPCC) is scheduled to open in Saanich, at 100 – 4420 Chatterton Way, in November 2020.

This will be the third UPCC to open in Greater Victoria after the first opened in Langford in 2018 and the second opened in James Bay in April 2020. A fourth UPCC is slated to open in Esquimalt next year.

“The new UPCC will help connect more people living in North Quadra with the team-based and comprehensive health care they need, closer to home,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, in a statement.

“With the support of local physicians, our primary care strategy is leveraging community collaboration to strengthen primary care services throughout the province. It means that people who currently do not have a consistent family doctor or a nurse practitioner will benefit from increased access to regular, ongoing primary care.”

The health care team at the UPCC is expected to include family physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and allied health professionals.

The clinic will offer urgent and ongoing team-based care and virtual care to people who need to see a health-care provider, but do not require the emergency department.

Urgent primary care includes access to care that people need within 12 to 24 hours of an ailment for conditions like sprains, urinary problems, ear infections, minor cuts or burns.

The Saanich UPCC will be the 20th to be announced across B.C. and the fifth in the Island Health region.