Community celebrates as family medical clinic and pharmacy opens in Delburne

Delburne Medical Clinic

Delburne Medical Centre hosted a grand opening celebration as it opened a multi-physician family medical clinic and pharmacy in Delburne. Located on Main Street, the new medical centre facility was under construction in 2018 and began to see patients in January of this year.  Community leaders, residents, project supporters and staff were on hand for the grand opening celebration and open house on Friday, March 8.

Dr. Kauchali thanked the over 50 people on hand, including representatives from the Village of Delburne, Red Deer County, Provincial and Federal governments. “It has been great to work with such a supportive community that will pull together to make a project like this happen. I am so thankful to everyone who has played a part in this project. The community has been so welcoming from the initial stages of planning two and a half years ago. The Council Members have been very supportive as well”.  Devin Dreeshen, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake, spoke to the crowd to state how excited he was to see the clinic open and support improved local delivery of health care services. He praised the local team who worked collaboratively to deliver a range of health care services all under one roof.

“We have already seen local patients who are quite sick. Many did not have a family doctor and so they waited and the situation would get worse. This new clinic will make a real difference in the lives of many in the community”, said Dr. Kauchali when explaining his experience so far in opening the clinic. The Delburne Medical Centre will provide desperately needed medical care for the residents in a number of communities in Red Deer County, including Delburne, Elnora, Lousana, and Pine Lake.

In the first three weeks of operation the clinic had 444 patients registered, 74 % who are residents of Delburne with a number coming from surrounding communities. Half of the patients presenting at the clinic do not have a regular family doctor. Some patients reported to have travelled over an hour to come to the clinic, citing difficulty in finding a family doctor throughout Red Deer County.

Dr. Kauchali talked about his approach to family medical practice as a ‘Patient Centred Medical Home’. “This is team-based care that has much better health outcomes”, said Dr. Kauchali as he explained that the clinic would have space for a range of allied medical services. Alberta Foot Care and Respiratory Homecare Solutions both had representatives on site to talk about their services and how residents could take advantage of services based in Delburne.

Background

Delburne Medical Centre is a new purposed built medical centre facility that provides dedicated clinic spaces, a pharmacy, allied medical spaces, meetings spaces and a dedicated ambulance transfer bay. The clinic space include 8 exam / consultation rooms, a procedure room as well as dedicated administrative spaces. Allied health services such as home care nursing are planned operate right in the clinic. The Delburne Medical Centre has been built to modern medical standards and fully equipped with the latest advances in medical equipment and fully computerized. The medical centre is located on the Village’s main street and supports the Village’s main street revitalization strategy.

Dr Kauchali moved here from the UK, where he completed his post-graduate training in General Practice. He lives in Sylvan Lake with his family and is actively recruiting physicians to join him in the new clinic space. He has over 15 years of experience in Family Medical practice and 24 myears as a medical doctor. He is currently a partner with the Sylvan Family Health Centre in Sylvan Lake, where he will continue to see his patients, and a clinical lecturer in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta. He also has hospital privileges, and leadership roles at the Red Deer Regional Hospital.

Dr. Shailini Reddy, also from the UK, and a graduate of the University of the West Indies, completed her post graduation training in General Practice from the University of Alberta in 2018 has joined Dr Kauchali at the Delburne Medical Centre from the very beginning.  “Dr Brian Inglis, has been the “glue” holding the clinic together as our locum doctor. We can’t thank him enough for helping us out”.