A No Wait Walk-in clinic is now open at 6405 Erin Mills Parkway in Mississauga will mean a lot for those suffering the flu and other winter ailments. The first clinic, located at 777 Dundas Street West, opened in late 2019.
According to nowaitwalkin.com, the clinic brings immediate access and total integrated health care together in one model.
Ken Pompey, the founder and CEO of No Wait Walk-in, said the concept emerged in May of 2019 when he was talking to a doctor who had always wanted to create some form of no wait walk-in clinic.
Here is how it works: A Mississauga resident visits the No Wait Walk-in clinic website and clicks on a location to be scheduled for a time and a date. The patient is then assigned a time slot and has a 20-minute-long appointment where the doctor will indulge in an old-fashioned concept called conversation. You wait no longer than 10 minutes to see a doctor.
There are currently 10 such No Wait Walk-in clinics in the GTA, with locations in Brampton, Toronto, Oakville, Vaughan, Thornhill, and Richmond Hill.
As for what services are available at the clinics, the organization says patients can access family doctors accepting new patients, medical specialists, diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular care, a bone, joint, and muscle clinic, information about natural healing, anti-ageing, and disease prevention, mental health, anxiety, and stress relief counselling services, eyecare, hearing care, and foot care services, pharmaceutical services, physiotherapy, chiropractic, and massage therapy services, dental, dental hygiene, and denturist services, X-ray, ultrasound, and lab services, and access to MRI, CT scan, and other imaging services.
Besides offering minimal waits, the clinics are also a gateway to telemedicine specialist consultations, which means they allow patients to see a doctor virtually. A telemedicine consultation is like a regular specialist appointment, except the specialist is on a monitor.
While the clinic hours vary depending on how long the doctors are available, Pompey says most clinics are open from 9 am until 8 pm, Monday through Saturday.
There are also doctors on hand to deal with non-emergency issues and refer patients to specialists should a case require more attention.
Anyone who goes for something simple to their GP can attest to having waited a long time in an uncomfortable waiting room filled with sick and coughing patients. This sort of an environment can often result in someone healthy sitting there actually falling sick. All this puts an end to the waiting misery faced by so many patient patients. -CINEWS