The Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal opened a screening clinic on its territory.

Batshaw to host the first west island COVID-19 testing site.
photo: Bernie Marcotte

“The clinic is in a trial phase until it officially opens early next week,” explained the spokesperson for the CIUSS in an email exchange with the West Island Blog. “The clinic offers screening services to the population every day.”

It is to be stressed that anyone who feels like they may need testing, should call the number 1 877 644-4545. The hotline number 514-630-2123, released yesterday, is for general inquiries and serves residents with flood questions as well.

“The clinic is accessible by appointment only, to individuals with mild to moderate symptoms,” she continued.  “It is imperative that people call 1 877 644-4545 for an appointment before coming to the clinic as they will be denied access to the clinic if they do not have an appointment.”

The testing site is located on Elm Avenue in Beaconsfield at the site of the future Batshaw facility.  The site was constructed in 2015 after then Quebec Liberal health minister Gaetan Barrette launched a major reorganization of the province’s health care system which resulted in both newly-configured CIUSSS health authorities and budget cuts.

Batshaw Youth and Family service centre then fell under the  CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île

Budget cuts ran deep in the years to follow leaving no money to finish the Batshaw project in both Dorval and Beaconsfield.

Batshaw to host the first west island COVID-19 testing site.
photo: Bernie Marcotte

Details from the CIUSS website as of March 20,2020

OPENING OF A NEW COVID-19 DESIGNATED CLINIC

You must call 1 877 644-4545 to get an appointment before showing up. 

Today, the Montréal West Island IUHSSC opened a COVID-19 designated clinic on its territory. It will be in a trial phase until it officially opens early next week. The clinic offers screening services to the population every day from 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week. The clinic is accessible by appointment only, to individuals with mild to moderate symptoms. It is imperative that people call 1 877 644-4545 for an appointment before coming to the clinic as they will be denied access to the clinic if they do not have an appointment.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you for keeping us informed in the West Island.
    Helps a lot with anxiety – at least we have a testing center in the W.I. now, and know where to go. Very much appreciated, especially for a senior.

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