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Change Hay River Medical Clinic system to see a doctor.

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Presently, if you want to see a doctor or nurse practitioner, at Hay River Medical Clinic,NWT, Canada, you have to get to the clinic (at the new hospital) between 7:30am and 8:45am and take a number. Wait until 8:45am when the clinic opens.  Once your number is called, you get an appointment time for that afternoon, if you are lucky. If you are not lucky, you have to come back the next day and start the process again.

Alternative methods to see a practitioner are go to the Emergency Dept. or call the clinic and get an appointment, the next appointment is often 2 weeks in the future.

The present system means that people without cars need to take a cab to the clinic to pick up a number, wait for an hour (more or less), get a cab home, then get another cab back from your appointment and then a 4th cab home again.

It also means that anyone who is handicapped needs to visit the hospital twice in one day, or has a a contagious illness has to wait in the waiting area with everyone who may just need a prescription refill.

A simple solution would be for people to be able to call between 8:45 -9:30 for an appointment that day. If all appointments are given out for the day then they can call the next morning. This would save sick/handicapped people from having to visit the clinic twice in one day.  

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