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The new Western Bay Health Clinic was officially opened on Aug. 19 during an official ribbon cutting. On hand for the event were: front (l-r) — Trinity-Bay de Verde MHA Charlene Johnson, Health Minister Susan Sullivan and Eastern Health President and CEO Vickie Kaminski; back — receptionist Mary Maddox, Dr. Simrit Khural and receptionist Margaret Johnson.
A light breeze was blowing in Western Bay this morning (Aug. 19) as officials cut the ribbon on the new Western Bay Medical Health Clinic.
While the breeze played a little havoc with the cutting, it did nothing to quell the excitement in the air.
“Today’s official opening is positive for the people and families of Western Bay and surrounding communities,” said Health Minister Susan Sullivan.
Sullivan, along with Eastern Health President and CEO Vickie Kaminski and Trinity-Bay de Verde MHA Charlene Johnson, was on hand for the official opening of the clinic.
“It’s a space that serves the residents really, really well. They feel comfortable coming here, they enjoy the space and the doctor herself has said it is a much more pleasant space in which to work,” said Sullivan.
Formerly the Double M Convenience, the new $360,000 facility is located next to the old clinic.
“It’s more modern, it’s more spacious and I think it is improved service,” said Kaminski. “I think anytime you have a purpose-built space you get much more efficiency out of it, patient flow is better and the whole dynamic of seeing multiple patients and having the space to do it is significantly improved.”
Jerome Kennedy, who was the minister of health at the time, first announced the renovation of the facility in March 2010.
The plan then was to make several upgrade the old clinic, which once served as the doctor’s residence, but it was later deemed to be more cost effective to purchase the current building.
The new clinic has been serving the people of Western Bay and the surrounding communities since May 7.
Located in the building next to the old clinic, the new medical clinic features a family physician’s office, which is staffed by a full time doctor, ample room for patient reception and waiting, along with three patient examination rooms.
In the spacious waiting area, patients can stretch out without being on top of each other. While they wait, a high-tech flat screen television allows them to keep up on the latest news or sports highlights.
These examination rooms feature ample space for doctors and patients, along with state-of-the-art equipement.
All of this is sure to make a patients stay there more comfortable.
“(The old clinic) was functional enough, but this is much better. It’s nicer. I think the patients really deserve a nicer place,” said Dr. Simrit Khural. “I think they like coming here.”
Khural said many patients have offered positive comments on the facility.
“It’s nice to be serving people in better surroundings,” said Khural.
The clinic is situated in an ideal place along the north shore of Conception Bay.
It rests halfway between Carbonear General Hospital and the Dr. A.A Wilkinson Memorial Health Centre in Old Perlican..
The new facility is some 26kilometres from Carbonear, while it is 29kms from Old Perlican.
“It takes a lot of pressure off of Carbonear,” said Johnson.
“It’s wonderful,” added receptionist Margaret Johnson.