WINNIPEG – One of the city’s six QuickCare Clinics will be closing at the end of the month.
The lease is up at the clinic on St. Mary’s Road and it will not be renewed. The location will officially close its doors January 27.
The clinics have been plagued by staffing shortages, resulting in rotating closures and inconsistent service.
“We’ve been short-staffed for an extended period of time,” explains Jeanette Edwards with the WRHA. “This is the result of the demand for nurse practitioners in many areas including emergency departments, long term care, acute care, as well as many of our access centres.”
Edwards says this is a case of cutting off the thumb to save the hand.
“This closure is actually going to be of tremendous assistance in helping us stabilize services. Every single person at the St. Mary’s location is able to work at the other locations because of our vacancy rates.”
The WRHA says there are no plans in the immediate future to shut down any of the remaining five clinics in Winnipeg.