A much-needed new clinic for Shelburne-area residents will soon enter the final stages of development.
Government will contribute $1.65 million to renovate the old health clinic on the Roseway Hospital property. The new primary health-care collaborative centre will have a team of family physicians and other health professionals.
The Municipality of Shelburne and the Town of Shelburne, along with the Roseway Hospital Charitable Foundation, will also contribute to the project.
It will move into the final design phase, with construction expected to begin next spring.
“The community played a key role in identifying the need for a modern primary health-care facility,” said Bob Legere, chair of the Roseway Hospital Charitable Foundation, today, Aug. 28. “Our foundation is pleased to join the Municipality and Town of Shelburne and the province in giving local people an opportunity to play a part in bringing this new health centre another step towards reality.”
“The community was clear about their expectations for this facility, and the government listened and acted,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “We are working to ensure Nova Scotians have access to the right care at the right place, at the right time.”
Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine said the group effort made the new clinic and its approach possible.
“Young doctors and health professionals are telling me they want to work in collaborative care clinics like this one,” said Mr. Glavine. “The community and governments worked hard to make this clinic a reality, and I’d like to thank everyone for their strong advocacy and support.”
“This clinic will help us provide the types of care residents need early on, which will help them stay healthy and, in some cases, may help them avoid the emergency room,” said Janet Knox, CEO of the Nova Scotia Health Authority. “It will also be a great recruitment tool as we work to attract more physicians, nurses and other health professionals to the Shelburne area.”
The clinic will also include space for family medicine residents from Dalhousie University on residency placement in Shelburne.
This project was announced in 2011 and was designed as a more traditional doctor’s office. It did not include space for health teams working together or residents who are part of the family medicine residency program.
The province had originally committed $429,000 to the project, but as it evolved, more investments were needed for the design and scope.