Cuts, breaks and tears: Raine Burgess’s children, pictured here while receiving treatment at Lamb Foggo, have benefited greatly from their local clinic. *Photos supplied by Raine Burgess
Cuts, breaks and tears: Raine Burgess’s children, pictured here while receiving treatment at Lamb Foggo, have benefited greatly from their local clinic. *Photos supplied by Raine Burgess

For many east end residents, the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre is a lifesaver.

Just ask Raine Burgess, a mother-of-two, whose son Daente cut open an artery on broken glass in an accident at Clearwater Beach.

“It was at Cup Match 2009 and someone had held a bonfire and then covered it over with sand, hiding all the bottles,” Mrs Burgess said. “His foot was badly injured but they triaged it, cleaned it and then stitched up the wound. He still has sensitivity around the scar now but he has has completely recovered.”

Apart from eight-year-old Daente, Mrs Burgess’s daughter Kiana, 11, has also needed regular medical attention at the Southside clinic.

She will be relieved at the news, announced yesterday afternoon, that the clinic will remain open until a workable solution is found.

“My children are very active and are always getting injured,” she said. “They have visited the Urgent Care Centre over 20 times, and probably it’s closer to 50. My daughter has broken both ankles and also had an allergic reaction to medication one time. My son has also split his chin open, so that was more stitches. We’ve been there for multiple ear infections, a perforated eardrum, and all three of us are severe asthmatics so we’ve also been down there on the nebulizers many times.”

Mrs Burgess, an insurance broker from St David’s, said: “The Urgent Care Centre is my only option. People say, ‘Why don’t you just go to Paget’ [KEMH], but not everyone has a car. We rely on public transportation but the last bus out of St David’s is at 9:10pm. After that it would involve a long journey by minibus into Hamilton, and then another bus from Hamilton to the hospital. 

“You are talking $40 for a taxi, but now the taxi fares are going up... But with the Urgent Care Centre, we can get a friend to run us there and then we can walk home.

“The treatment there is fast and efficient, and your wait times are minimal.”

She added: “My husband Dean has had two heart attacks and another close call, so when I think about waiting for an ambulance to come all the way from Paget and back again to the hospital, those are precious moments.

“It is comforting that the Urgent Care Centre is so close... It is going to be a strain on everyone if it closes. Everyone needs medical care at some point.”