The Dorset Health Care Team is still waiting for approval from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to build a Nurse Practitioner Station in Dorset.

Team leader Herb Hickling says they plan to purchase a house they have set aside as soon as the approval goes through. He says Algonquin Highlands and Lake of Bays are on board with the project.

Both townships have committed to donations once the approval goes through. This will help with the renovations needed to meet safety and accessibility standards.

Lake of Bays Mayor Bob Young says the township has done everything they can to support the project at every level. Once the Ministry provides approval, he says the township is ready to give the go ahead on building plans.

Hickling says the biggest benefit of the project means people won’t have to give up their family doctor. The services will also be available to tourists and out of province or out of country persons who do not have OHIP.

The station will have one practitioner and one assistant and will be open five days a week by appointment.