The Kamloops Urgent Care Clinic is open for business, as a small but appreciative crowd of patients greeted doctors and staff on Tuesday morning.
Medical office assistant Ashley Sarver said 15 to 20 people were waiting for medical assistance and advice, but that’s minor compared to an average day at the clinic.
“The line wasn’t as large as it usually is,” said Sarver, adding people often line up past Andrena’s Book Company.
“I was still registering people at 1 p.m. and was filled up soon after.”
Sarver received a phone call from the office assistant at Summit Medical Clinic at 10:30 a.m. saying that facility wasn’t taking any more patients.
“People went to Summit and Northshore (Treatment Centre) thinking we were closed,” she said.
The Kamloops Urgent Care Clinic was closed for three weeks when a broken overhead pipe flooded the facility on Feb. 5.
Water drained down the walls and across the floors. Computers with patient information were not damaged, but equipment was taken out so repairs could be done.
New carpet and drywall was installed and the clinic reopened to the public Tuesday morning.
“There’s new paint in certain areas,” said Sarver.
Sarver and company are excited to be back at work. She missed her job and was ready to come back.
“It’s great,” she said. “Come on down.”
There are two doctors on duty Tuesday through Friday, one on Saturdays and Sundays and three on Mondays. The clinic treats about 80 patients a day.
The clinic is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.