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Concordia Hospital is losing an emergency department but gaining a walk-in clinic.

Health minister Kelvin Goertzen made the announcement today. He says up to 50 per cent of the people currently using the emergency department will find appropriate care at the walk-in connected care clinic.

The emergency department at Concordia will close in summer 2019; the province says the clinic will open shortly thereafter.

Goertzen says it will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

"I think the feeling was that we wanted to start with the 12 hours -- 9 to 9 would be more flexible for families who are maybe coming home from work and have a child that they need to bring," Goertzen told reporters during questions after he made the announcement.

Goertzen says the walk-in clinic will take up some of the old emergency department space; he says more announcements about what else will go in the space are still to come.

A rally to save the emergency department at Concordia that was postponed yesterday was rescheduled to today.

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