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N.L. Health Services moves forward with plans for 2 new urgent-care clinics

An improvement in the flow of patients, with some long-stay ones being redirected to long-term care facilities, has created more inpatient spaces at emergency and urgent care centres, say officials. (Darren Bernhardt/CBC - image credit)
An improvement in the flow of patients, with some long-stay ones being redirected to long-term care facilities, has created more inpatient spaces at emergency and urgent care centres, say officials. (Darren Bernhardt/CBC - image credit)
An improvement in the flow of patients, with some long-stay ones being redirected to long-term care facilities, has created more inpatient spaces at emergency and urgent care centres, say officials.
An improvement in the flow of patients, with some long-stay ones being redirected to long-term care facilities, has created more inpatient spaces at emergency and urgent care centres, say officials.

Newfoundland and Labrador Health Services has opened a request for proposals for two new urgent-care clinics in St. John's. (Darren Bernhardt/CBC)

Newfoundland and Labrador Health Services is moving ahead with a plan to build two urgent-care clinics on the province's northeast Avalon Peninsula.

A request for proposals posted Nov. 24 on Merx, the website the provincial government uses to issue calls for bids and tenders, calls for bids to build a clinic in the west end of St. John's and a clinic in the east end. The deadline for proposals is Jan. 19.

The province had expressed interest in building a single, large facility in the capital city to reduce pressure on emergency departments before. However, a previous request for proposals was cancelled because all the bids were significantly over budget.

In October, Health Minister Tom Osborne said the province still aims to open an urgent-care clinic in St. John's in the spring.

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