Dr. Christoff de Wet examines a local patient at the new walk-in clinic Sept. 8 in Wetaskiwin. The new walk-in clinic is located on 50 St.

Dr. Christoff de Wet examines a local patient at the new walk-in clinic Sept. 8 in Wetaskiwin. The new walk-in clinic is located on 50 St.

New walk-in clinic in Wetaskiwin

Recent attempts by the province to reduce wait times in those rooms doesn’t seem to have made headway.

Emergency rooms across the province are seeing great demand, and recent attempts by the province to reduce wait times in those rooms doesn’t seem to have made headway.

But residents of Wetaskiwin and area who use Wetaskiwin Family Medical Practice will be relieved to know the physicians have opened up a new walk-in clinic that aims to speed up medical acre and reduce pressure on the hospital’s emergency room.

“Our patients have been asking for better access to doctor appointments for years but until the addition of Dr. Schlenther, Dr. van den Berg and Dr. Brand we did not have the manpower to commit to a full-time walk-in clinic,” stated a press release from the physicians.

“We know that people cannot schedule acute illness such as an ear infection and same-day access is important and so WFMP walk-in clinic was born.

“Our hope is to take some of the pressure off the local emergency department, therefore decreasing wait times for patients who truly do need to be seen in an emergency department.”

The Wetaskiwin clinic is going to operate a bit differently than others. “Our walk-in clinic principle is different than many,” stated the physicians. “We ask that you call or come down at 9 a.m. and you will be given a one-half hour time frame to return. Upon your return we try to have you out of the clinic within 30 minutes.

“We don’t want out patients to spend their day waiting in a waiting room and that’s why we schedule our walk-in clinic.  Our long term staff truly care about our patients and the doctors, Dr. Hendriks, Dr. de Wet, Dr. van der Walt, Dr. Stassen, Dr. Lee, Dr. Schlenther, Dr. van den Berg and Dr. Brand, are enthusiastic and eager to help patients.”

The walk-in clinic is located just a few doors south of the regular clinic which is located at 5107 50 St. Look for the sandwich board near the sidewalk.