Doctors remain available at Laval’s public walk-in clinic

Cuts that curtailed Cavendish CSSS health services not reproduced in Laval

By Robert Frank

After administrators at CSSS Cavendish posted a public notice advising Côte St. Luc residents that access to physicians would be restricted, last week, The Suburban canvassed other health care providers in the region to find out what impact the Parti québécois government’s cutbacks have had on medical service delivery in Laval.

CSSS Cavendish advised people who don’t have a family doctor to “register on our centralized waiting list. We will then contact you as soon as a doctor becomes available.”

Mathieu Vachon reassured The Suburban in an interview that “we have not been affected by the budget cutbacks.”

“The walk-in clinic located in Ste. Rose is also a family medicine centre,” said the CSSS Laval spokesman. “It remains open seven-days-a-week. On weekdays it’s open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. and weekend and holidays from 8 a.m. -5 p.m.”

“That’s a place where you can go see a doctor,” Vachon affirmed. “We also have three other centres which don’t have walk-in clinics, but do provide nursing services by appointment.”

“We’ve concentrated walk-in services in Ste. Rose, which is like a small emergency room—though it is not a true emergency ward,” he explained. “All emergencies are treated at the Cité de la santé superhospital.”

Vachon pointed out that while the Ste. Rose facility is CSSS Laval’s only walk-in clinic, Laval residents are also served by another 14-15 independent walk-in clinics.

“Many people prefer to visit a walk-in clinic closer to where they live,” he observed.

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