There’s a new women’s clinic in Truro, but many people don’t know it’s there.
The Truro Women’s Clinic, at 640 Prince Street, is home base for the obstetrics and gynaecology practices of Dr. Angus Murray and Dr. Aaron Pink.
“I’m from Halifax, and did my residency in Calgary,” said Pink. “I wanted to be close to home, but in a smaller community.”
The doctors had known one another for several years, and thought it would be nice to set up a practice together.
Last August they started putting plans in place.
“When someone is a patient, they’re a patient of the clinic, and can see both of us,” said Pink. “We want our patients to feel they’re being taken care of, and are welcome.”
Murray, who studied at the University of British Columbia and Dalhousie University, is happy to be in Truro.
“I always wanted to be part of a smaller community practice, and this is a nice place to raise a family,” he said.
They renovated their offices – which were home to a dentistry practice at one point – and created space with a calming atmosphere, reminiscent of a spa. Each examination room has work by a different Nova Scotia artist on the walls.
The clinic provides care for low- and high-risk pregnancies, as well as family planning, post-partum care, and conditions such as incontinence, infertility, ovarian disorders, pelvic pain, menstrual disorders and fibroids.
In-clinic services include pap tests, IUD insertions and removals, endometrial biopsies, swab testing, pessary fittings and maintenance care. At the hospital, the doctors provide major and minor gynecologic surgery.
“Patients don’t have to have a family doctor to be referred,” said Sandy Baggio, office manager. “They can be referred through a walk-in clinic or the emergency department, and wait times are very manageable.”
Patients are currently coming from as far as Halifax and Amherst, and the team has a vision to expand and include a broader scope of health care to women. There is a possibility a family practice nurse or nurse practitioner could be added.
The value of technology is also recognized, and the clinic is working with Medeo to support private and secure messaging, as well as arranging for patients to make bookings online.
The clinic is located at 640 Prince Street, Suite 201, and can be contacted at 902-893-3718, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. It can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Truroclinic/