Harbour Grace ‘in the mix’ for new care centre

By Mark Squibb

Harbour Grace Mayor Don Coombs is pleased with a recent piece of correspondence from Minister of Health and Community Services, Tom Osborne.

The minister’s letter was in response to a letter the Town had sent this spring requesting that Harbour Grace be considered as the site of a new ambulatory care centre.

“Harbour Grace is certainly in the mix, based on his response,” said Coombs during this week’s public council meeting. “We are in the mix, so this is a good reply from Minister Osbourne as we try to bring that to fruition.”

The push for the centre began in January, following the provincial government’s announcement that it had awarded a $4.1 million contract to the Newfoundland and Labrador Health Alliance for a 20-year lease of the former Costco Building on Stavanger Drive in St. John’s for use as an ambulatory care centre. The Province is looking at establishing similar centres around the island and the push is on by a number of towns to land a facility.

Harbour Grace Town staff met with Osborne and other members of government prior to issuing the official written request.

Ambulatory care centres provide services that don’t require overnight hospital stays, such as outpatient physiotherapy, medicine and surgery clinics, general x-rays, and ultrasounds.

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