Urgent and Primary Care Centres

Through the Province’s new Primary Care Strategy, the Ministry of Health is taking steps to make sure you have faster and better access to the day-to-day health-care services you need, enabled through team-based care.

As part of this Strategy, the Province is launching Urgent and Primary Care Centres across the province to provide timely primary care access, focused on improving services for patients.

Urgent and Primary Care Centres provide a flexible resource to meet the urgent and primary health care need, primarily in large urban centres where a higher percentage of the population is unable to find or access a regular family doctor or nurse practitioner. As a resource to support communities, Urgent and Primary Care Centres are one of the mechanisms to immediately address the urgent and ongoing care needs of all patients within a community.

Urgent and Primary Care Centres are open to all patients in select communities. For example, they may become the regular clinic for patients without a family doctor or nurse practitioner until another practice or provider within the community can be identified. Urgent and Primary Care Centres also provide alternative care options for patients with a regular family doctor or nurse practitioner often unable to make same-day or next day appointments, and are designed to ensure continuity of care by communicating the relevant information back to a patient’s regular primary care provider.

Urgent and Primary Care Centres provide better access to same-day, urgent, non-emergency health care, including in the evening and on weekends. They provide an alternative to visiting emergency departments for issues that do not need to be seen in a hospital. For example, patients who require medical attention within 12 to 24 hours for something like a sprain, minor cut or burn can visit an Urgent and Primary Care Centre.

Find an Urgent and Primary Care Centre

Urgent and Primary Care Centres are available in many communities across British Columbia. The Province is working to launch additional centres. Keep checking this page for more updates.

Find your health authority below to see if an Urgent and Primary Care Centre is available near you. Click on the links to view more information about the services available, hours and contact information. An appointment may be required at some Urgent and Primary Care Centres. If appointments are required, this information is also included in the service description.

Fraser Health

Interior Health

Island Health

Northern Health

Vancouver Coastal Health

Last updated: March 2, 2020

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