Hamilton urgent care centre is reopening after August long weekend

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Published July 29, 2021 at 10:01 pm

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The West End Urgent Care Centre (UCC) in Hamilton will reopen on  Tuesday (Aug. 3), two weeks after it was used as a a COVID-19 assessment Centre.

Hamilton Health Sciences used the care centre, located at 690 Main St. W., to assess potential COVID-19 cases for three months. For the time being, staff and physicians at the UCC will attend to patients daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and appointments are not required.

“If you’re experiencing an illness or injury that isn’t an emergency, but can’t wait for an appointment with a family doctor, an urgent care centre is a good option for you,” says Dr. Kuldeep Sidhu, Hamilton Health Sciences’ chief of emergency medicine, said in a media release on Thursday. 

Examples of medical issues which require urgent care include:

  • Minor cuts or wounds that may require stitches
  • Simple broken bones, sprains, strains or deep bruises
  •  Ear infections
  • Fevers, coughs, congestion, and sore throats
  • Insect bites, rashes and scrapes

Urgent care centres are staffed by emergency department-trained doctors and nurses and can provide you with faster access to a doctor, rather than waiting in the ER.  

It is expected the UCC will return to pre-pandemic full operating hours (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.) starting on Sept. 7, HHS said.

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