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Sorrento health centre now open

Marilyn Clark, chair of the Health Care Committee, Dr. Melanie Dyer, nurse practitioner Judy Deringer, committee members Norm Martin and Barry Stokes and CSRD South Shuswap director Paul Demenok attend the clinic’s grand opening. - Cavelle Layes photo
Marilyn Clark, chair of the Health Care Committee, Dr. Melanie Dyer, nurse practitioner Judy Deringer, committee members Norm Martin and Barry Stokes and CSRD South Shuswap director Paul Demenok attend the clinic’s grand opening.
— image credit: Cavelle Layes photo

The new Sorrento Health Centre was a lively place Monday morning as Judy Deringer prepared to take her first appointment.

While the first patient was not expected until 11 a.m., the entire clinic was buzzing shortly after 9, with locals dropping by to show their support and celebrate the first day with coffee and treats.

The health centre was the result of many hours of hard work that stretched over a year.

With the help of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, Interior Health and a number of others who provided donations and grants, the office is now up and running.

The clinic feature two examining rooms and has the potential to expand as needed – including space for a doctor should one wish to set up a practice.

The office also features a spacious meeting room, waiting area and staff room.

Deringer said Monday that she feels very fortunate as some of the equipment she received is more than she expected.

One important piece that she is especially grateful for is an electronic table for patients that is height adjustable and designed to allow for easy transfer and helps patients lie down comfortably.

“It might seem like nothing special,” she said, explaining that the table will allow her to fully treat those bound to a wheel chair.

Deringer said she can take anyone from any age at her office, and feels privileged that so much has been provided to the centre.

Those involved in the creation of the new clinic, hope it will cut down the need for Sorrento residents to travel to hospitals in Salmon Arm and Kamloops.

Minutes after the doors were open, the phone began to ring with Shuswap residents looking to make an appointment.

 

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