Two Peterborough harm reduction organizations will be sharing space as of Monday to help streamline responses for people who need help with addiction services.
The Rapid Access Addiction Medicine clinic is taking up residency alongside the 360 Degree Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic next week after looking for a new place to call home.
Opened in 2018, the RAAM Clinic was designed to begin offering therapy to those experiencing withdrawals from substances including opioids, alcohol, and other substances.
Originally partnering with PARN — Your Community AIDS Resource Network and after discussions over relocating, RAAM decided to share the space with the nurses and health-care workers at 360 clinic located in Peterborough Square.
“All parties agreed that having one location for many levels of primary health care would lower barriers in access,” said Megan McCarrell, executive director of the 360 Degree Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic.
“Creating a hub for primary care services and showing a collaborative and united approach to the various health care needs for people in our community.”
Peterborough Regional Health Center will continue to provide staffing in the form of physicians and nurses for the RAAM clinic, and it will continue to offer appointment free health care.
People wishing to use the clinic do not have to have referrals.
McCarrell said they are delighted to welcome the partnership to help people get access to the services they need.
“The benefits of co-location can’t be understated,” McCarrell said.
“The Peterborough 360 NPLC is an ideal location for a primary health care hub, it’s accessible to the community, close to community service organizations, and this pairing of services allows our two organizations to become a focal point of wraparound care for clients of both groups .”
She added through this approach it will help to provide and apply harm reduction approaches that have been tested and proven to work in communities across the country.
“Being in philosophical alignment means there’s a community of practice where knowledge, awareness, and information about evidence-based therapies can be shared,” McCarrell said.
“This leads to a supportive environment for health care program development and implementation.”
Through an overlap of services in a community decimated by a poisoned drug supply, the hope is to offer a shared space for those who seek services.
We hope to see this shared space become a community of care, which supports both organizations to provide the very best services for all our clients,” she said.
“Providing an example to other organizations of the value of being a hub for this type of person-centred health care.”