New clinics for Red Deer, Sylvan Lake, Three Hills

Red Deer, Sylvan Lake and Three Hills are three of 24 communities that will one day be home to a family care clinic.

Red Deer, Sylvan Lake and Three Hills are three of 24 communities that will one day be home to a family care clinic.

Premier Alison Redford announced this morning that these communities have been selected as sites based on health and social needs, and readiness and capacity to implement a clinic.

Other communities will be considered for future family care clinics.

Family care clinics provide non-emergency primary health-care services, such as diagnosis and treatment of illness, screening, immunization, health promotion, chronic disease prevention and management and links to health and community agencies. Each is expected to provide extended hours of service, same-day appointments and access to the most appropriate member of the care team.

The government budgeted $50 million this year to support development of the clinics.

Last year, the province introduced a pilot of the clinics in Calgary, Edmonton and Slave Lake.