Kate Gunn put her focus solely on patients when she co-founded Balance! Edmonton Family Practice six years ago.
“I really thought it was important that the medical practice was designed around the patient,” said Kate, who is the organisation’s Founder, Director and CEO. “We wanted to make sure that the various health providers talked to each other and made the patient the centre of it all.”
Balance! includes general practitioners, nurses and medical specialists as well as a huge range of allied health providers such as a speech pathologist, psychologist, diabetes educator, physiotherapist, mental health nurse and an indigenous health care worker.
It also has pathology and radiology on site, so patients can have their blood tests and any other pathology they may need done as well has have a CT scan, x-ray or ultrasound. Having everything in the one-stop practice means patients don’t have to suffer through long waits and travel time to receive treatment.
The GP Super Clinic also offers children’s immunisations, general health checks, health assessments, mental health care plans, glucose tolerance tests for pregnant women and driver and employment medicals, among other services.
To add to patient’s convenience, the practice is open seven days a week – 8am to 8pm Monday and Tuesday, 8am to 6pm Wednesday to Friday and 9am to 2pm both Saturday and Sunday. Patients also enjoy the convenience of having a pharmacy close by, so they can get any prescriptions they may need filled right away.
“Our goal is to provide excellent primary healthcare to the community, with specific strategies to target those who are the most disadvantaged in the community,” Kate said. “We aim to make primary healthcare accessible and affordable to those in need.”
The Perfect Balance
Balance! Edmonton Family Practice
5 Walker Road, Edmonton
Ph: 4055 4400
Photo By Catherine Coombs
Words by Janie Barton