Urgent Care Centre Public Open House, Tuesday 14 April, 2pm to 6pm

People in Bermuda are invited to tour the new Urgent Care Centre Facility on Tuesday 14 April between 2pm and 6pm. The Urgent Care Centre can be found between White’s Supermarket and Southside Police Station in St. David’s.

The tours will take place after an official opening ceremony, attended by the Premier, the Hon. Ewart Brown, MP JP, and the Minister of Health, the Hon. Nelson Bascome, MP JP, when the official name for the Urgent Care Centre will be unveiled.

The Urgent Care Facility provides assessment and treatment of minor illnesses and injuries, such as bumps, bruises, grazes, earache, coughs and colds that need attention out-of-hours. It is open Monday to Friday, 4pm to midnight and on weekends and public holidays from noon to midnight.

Although the urgent care services provided by physicians and nurses are not available in the day, people who are referred by their physicians for blood tests, x-rays or ultrasounds can access the diagnostic centre in the facility between 8am and 4pm, when a diagnostic technologist will be present.

Dr Thomas, Chief of Staff at Bermuda Hospitals Board, comments: “Our new Urgent Care Centre is an important part of the overall emergency service on the island catering to people in the East End who have a minor accident or injury out of hours. It is expected that people will have a shorter wait than sometimes occurs at the hospital, where serious cases have to take priority. It will also be manned in the event the causeway becomes impassable due to a storm.”

Dr Schultz, Chief of Emergency Services, adds: “We invite people in Bermuda to come and see their new facility on Tuesday 14 April. This is a new type of service and it is important that people know when is the right time to use it so that they can access the care they need as soon as possible. While the Urgent Care Centre will provide a faster and more convenient option for someone with a condition such as a sprained ankle, earache or cut, it does not replace the Emergency Department at the hospital for serious conditions, where there is more sophisticated diagnostic equipment, such as MRI and nuclear medicine, and also surgical services.”

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