In the hope of easing the burden on the emergency department, Southlake Regional Health Centre and the Town of Newmarket are partnering to open a clinic at the Recreation Youth Centre for anyone with COVID-19, cold or flu symptoms.
The clinic opens Wednesday, Jan. 19 and will be staffed by physicians from Southlake’s emergency department and Southlake nurses, according to a news release.
"Southlake is pleased to partner with the Town of New market again to provide the community with the right care in the right place. This clinic will provide care for people with moderate COVID-19, cold, or flu-like symptoms who need an in-person visit. Given the seriousness of the situation in our hospital, this will help the emergency department focus on caring for those who need emergency care,” said Arden Krystal, president and CEO of Southlake.
The clinic will provide in-person care for individuals with COVID-19 symptoms as well as: cough; runny nose; fever; sore throat; sinus pain; loss of taste or smell or any other cold or flu symptom.
“With the province of Ontario recently changing its guidelines on who can receive a PCR test, the opening of an additional clinic focused on COVID-19, cold and flu will provide a convenient option for people experiencing symptoms,” said Newmarket Mayor John Taylor.
The partnership follows the opening of vaccination centres at Ray Twinney Recreation Complex and the Newmarket Community Centre and Lions Hall.
“Southlake has continued to play a vital role throughout this pandemic. I want to once again thank the whole Southlake team for their hard work and their unwavering efforts to keep our community safe during these very challenging and unpredictable times," he said.
The clinic at 56 Charles St. will be open Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until further notice.
Walk-in appointments are limited and are not guaranteed.
It is not a COVID-19 assessment centre and will not not provide PCR swab tests. To determine your eligibility for assessment at 22 Prospect St., visit the Southlake assessment centre website.
Appointments at the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex vaccination centre, in partnership with the Southlake Community Ontario Health Team (OHT), can be booked through the provincial booking system,
Appointments at the Newmarket Community Centre and Lions Hall (200 Doug Duncan Drive) vaccination centre, in partnership with York Region, can be booked at york.ca/COVID19Vaccine or by calling Access York at 1-877-464-9675