Another Vancouver Island walk-in clinic is closing its doors this Spring, and a shortage of physicians is to blame.
On the heels of View Royal’s Eagle Creek Medical Clinic announcing its walk-in clinic shutdown, Colwood Medical Treatment Centre (CMTC) is following suit.
In a post to its website, CMTC says it regrets informing the community that its nearly 20-year-old clinic will be closing, effective April 15th.
“This decision has been made as a result of the chronic physician shortage in the Greater Victoria area,” CMTC said.
“Despite ongoing efforts in physician recruitment, we have been unable to sustain the 7-day/week walk-in services that we were proud to offer our patients in the past.”
According to Colwood Medical, the closure was a tough decision. That’s because its clinic has been around for two decades, serving those in Westshore communities and beyond.
CMTC also announced one of its family physicians, Dr. Robert Browett, will be retiring as of March 1st.
“We will not be accepting new patients to our walk-in clinic at this time. All patients who have outstanding results or need follow-up after a recent appointment will be contacted,” the posted notice said.
CMTC adds that all patient medical records will be stored “according to College guidelines,” with copies made available upon request.