December 19, 2012
Maidstone and area residents will soon have improved access to the Primary Health Care services of physicians and nurse practitioners (NPs).
Effective January 2, 2013, the hours of operation of the Maidstone Primary Health Care (Medical) Clinic are being expanded to serve patients an additional four hours per day Mondays through Thursdays, plus introduction of Saturday morning hours.
The Maidstone clinic will be open for patient appointments from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Fridays, and 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturdays. All times are Mountain time.
“That's an additional 20 hours per week when patients who typically seek care from Maidstone physicians and nurse practitioners can see a doctor or NP at the clinic,” says Charlotte Hamilton, Director of Primary Health Care for Prairie North Health Region (PNHR).
Patients will be seen by appointment only: contact the clinic at 306-893-2689. When patients call for an appointment, they are to be offered to see a doctor or nurse practitioner the same day of the call or the next day.
“We will do our very best to meet this commitment,” Hamilton assures. “We are particularly pleased to be able to offer this same-day or next-day service to patients. We greatly appreciate the cooperation and support of our physicians, nurse practitioners, and clinic staff in accepting this challenge and delivering on this target.”
Hamilton stresses that the Maidstone clinic and its extended hours are not a walk-in clinic nor an emergency treatment centre. The Maidstone Health Complex Emergency Department remains closed.
The Primary Health Care (Medical) Clinic services in Maidstone are intended for people who typically seek care from the Maidstone physicians and nurse practitioners. This includes residents of Maidstone, Lashburn, Waseca, Paynton, Paradise Hill, Frenchman Butte, Cut Knife, Neilburg, Marsden, and surrounding rural and First Nation communities.
Hamilton emphasizes that the goal is to stabilize and strengthen Primary Health Care services in Maidstone so that those served by the Maidstone Primary Care group have consistent, sustainable services to meet their everyday health needs.
“We are grateful to the physicians, nurse practitioners, and staff of the Maidstone Clinic for their leadership, collaboration, and commitment to delivering better care through improved patient access. We also thank the Town of Maidstone and Rural Municipality of Eldon for their cooperation and support,” concludes Hamilton.
For more information, contact: Linda Lewis, PNHR Communications Officer (306) 446-6625
Expansion of Maidstone Primary Health Care (Medical) Clinic Hours
- Maidstone Clinic expanded hours, beginning January 2, 2013:
- 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays
- 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Fridays
- 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturdays
- All times are Mountain time; days exclude holidays
- Patients will be seen by appointment only: no walk-in visits
- Same-day or next-day appointments are available.
- Expanded clinic hours will be covered by the four physicians and one nurse practitioner who are part of the Maidstone and area Primary Health Care (PHC) Service group.
- The Maidstone Primary Health Care Service area includes Maidstone, Lashburn, Waseca, Paynton, Paradise Hill, Frenchman Butte, Cut Knife, Neilburg, Marsden, and surrounding rural and First Nation communities.
- The Maidstone Clinic and expanded clinic hours are intended to serve residents of the Maidstone PHC Service area who typically seek care from Maidstone physicians and nurse practitioners.
- The service is not a walk-in clinic or emergency care centre.
- The Maidstone Health Complex Emergency Department remains closed.
- The Maidstone PHC group will continue to provide visiting clinic services to Paradise Hill 2 days per week: Tuesdays & Thursdays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Central time.
- Physician services in Cut Knife and to Neilburg and Marsden remain unchanged as of January 2, 2013.
- To support the expanded clinic hours in Maidstone, half-day per week visiting physician services in Lashburn (from Maidstone) will no longer be available. The last clinic day in Lashburn is Dec. 19, 2012.
- Lab and x-ray services at Maidstone Health Complex are available 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Mountain time) Mondays through Fridays (except holidays).
- Residents of the Maidstone PHC service area are being notified of the changes by householder mail delivery, information handouts, and posters throughout the communities.
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