The Town of Lewisporte is in the midst of organizing a new health care advisory committee to help address medical concerns in the community.
©Josh Healey / Special to The Pilot
LEWISPORTE, NL — The Lewisporte town council is in the midst of organizing a new health care advisory committee and is on the lookout for members.
Lewisporte mayor Brian Sceviour said although the committee isn’t fully-formed, it would have a big mandate.
“Health care is one of the primary concerns that we find from residents in the area,” he said. “It’s a major concern for a lot of people.”
To address this concern, the committee is looking to recruit six to 10 members. Sceviour highlighted the need for a group that combines medical professionals and ordinary citizens.
“The intent is to have a cross section of individuals to bring different viewpoints to the table,” said Sceviour.
The advisory committee would monitor, gauge and address health care concerns within Lewisporte and outlying communities.
A new clinic in town
The announcement for the new health care advisory committee comes at the same time as a new medical clinic is being built in Lewisporte.
Another community-based group has pushed the construction of a clinic for some time but the group is dissolving, says Sceviour.
The advisory committee is looking to fulfill a similar role but on a wider scope, he said.
“We felt it was important, from the health care perspective, to have a group locally that was looking into all the concerns in the health care area.”
Gaïtane Villeneuve, the director of communications for Central Health, explained that since the health authority originally owned the land, Central Health has been working with the town on re-zoning and other development issues.
“Central Health continues to meet with the developer, as one of our many external partners to discuss any opportunities to maximize health services for the residents of Lewisporte and the surrounding area,” wrote Villeneuve via email.