New Sandwich Health Centre Hopes To Treat More Patients

A new permanent health centre has opened in west Windsor.

The Windsor-Essex Community Health Centre in Sandwich has officially opened its doors at 3325 College Ave., just across the street from its temporary location which was a set of portables.

The new facility will provide a variety of services from primary care, counselling, mental health and a registered dietitian.

Centre Executive Director Rita Taillefer says the bigger centre will mean accommodating more patients.

"Our hallways are very very wide, our exam rooms are very large which allows people with barriers to come into our new centre."

She says the centre is targeted to the more vulnerable population...and an OHIP card is not required.

"Patients who historically have had difficulty accessing services because of different types of barriers. Our patients are very medically complex."

The centre called the basement of Forster High School home for 20 years and then moved into the temporary location three-and-a-half years ago.

Taillefer is happy to finally have a permanent home.

"We move to a temporary site, modular unit set up at the corner of Brock and College and that was a step up from the basement of Forster high school."

In 2017, the centre had 31,000 clients.   

Taillefer says the centre is focused on patients who do not have a primary physician.  

People who want to register can call 519-258-6002.