By Nolan Kowal, Sport Performance Specialist
It’s familiar for all of us. Your child wakes up with an earache, you have a sore throat, your partner sprained their ankle. You can’t get in to see your physician for several days, and emergency wait times can be hours long. Plus, non-life or limb-threatening concerns aren’t meant for the Emergency Room.
A minor illness and injury service can be your go-to if you’re experiencing:
- Sore throat
- Cough and cold
- Localized pain or infections
- Red eyes(s), or itchy/watery eyes
- Skin irritations, including rashes, poison ivy, and eczema
- Fractures, sprains, and strains
- Repetitive injuries
Minor illness and injury concerns can be efficiently assessed in clinics with same-day appointments or urgent care. Many of these facilities are able to see you right away with the help of Physician Assistants or Clinical Assistants. At the Sport Manitoba Clinic, we are able to provide that care. Rachel Awopetu, a Clinical Assistant, has joined the Sport Manitoba Clinic team!
What is a Clinical Assistant?
Clinical Assistants can diagnose, obtain medical history, perform physical examinations, order and interpret diagnostic studies, provide therapeutic procedures, prescribe medications and educate and counsel patients.
In Manitoba, Clinical Assistants may have a degree in medicine (e.g., from a medical school overseas), or be licensed or registered to provide health care under an Act of the Manitoba Legislature, or be certified as an Emergency Medical Attendant Level III, or be a graduate of an accredited physician assistant or clinical assistant training program. Clinical assistants must successfully complete an assessment specified by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba.
Rachel is a Clinical Assistant who is training with and will work alongside Dr. Gail Sawa, not only assisting, but expanding patient care services within the Clinic. With her experience, the Clinic is able to expand same-day appointment availability and certain procedures.