Delburne Council received an encouraging update from a delegation of three members of the medical team at their regular meeting on Feb. 12.
A total of 444 patients have been seen since Jan. 21, 2019 with 50 per cent of those patients having no family doctor
Seventy-four per cent come from the Delburne community.
Three physicians are now available and Council was told medical specialists will be recruited once patient’s medical needs are assessed.
Besides the examination rooms, a complete full-time pharmacy under the Pharmasave brand and additional accommodation for future medical services in the building. Possible other services could include diagnostic, dental hygiene services, a blood draw centre and chronic disease management.
At present the medical centre employs a staff of seven.
The delegation also informed village council of several concerns, the most urgent being the need for high speed internet.
“We are currently using cellular LTE Internet which is very limiting in regards to electronic medical records,” said Dr. Kauchali.
A grand opening is planned for the future.
“Council is here to help. Your medical centre is a tremendous asset to our community!” stated Coun. Tim Wilson.
Council dealt with reports on a proposed campground development, a bulk fuel business and expanded senior housing.
Council is also discussing improved garbage and recycling service.