A new North Shore walk-in clinic will ease some of the pressure felt by the closure of the Northshore Treatment Centre earlier this year, the head of the North Shore Business Improvement Association said Tuesday.
But Steven Puhallo said the doctor shortage is still felt in North Kamloops as it is elsewhere in the city and across Canada.
“When it comes to doctors in general and health-care professionals in general, there’s a drought right across Canada, provincially, regionally and locally,” said Puhallo.
That’s why it was such good news when Missagh Manshadi announced he was building the $8-million development on the 300 block of Tranquille Road.
The facility opened earlier this year, about the same time Puhallo took over the business association from Peter Mutrie.
At 34,000 square feet, the building is home to Manshadi’s second pharmacy and includes housing and storefront space. Plans for a walk-in clinic were accelerated when the Northshore Treatment Centre closed because of a doctor shortage.
The clinic opened earlier this month, with doctors Brian Pasula and Susan Vlahos setting up practices and seeing regular patients plus others on a drop-in basis.
A big investment like this is one thing, said Puhallo. The fact it’s a medical centre is a bonus.
“It’s incredibly good news,” he said, adding the hope now is more medical services will come to North Kamloops.
“The door is always open on the North Shore.”
The centre is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To make an appointment, phone 250-376-9595.
Also open to patients on a drop-in basis are the Summit Medical Clinic at 4-1380 Summit Dr. and Kamloops Urgent Care Clinic at 910 Columbia St. West.