New medical centre will provide best in health care
RESIDENTS in Clifton will have greater access to health services, with construction to begin on a new medical centre next month.
The centre, complete with additional consultation rooms and a telehealth room, will be built on the corner of Kate and Norman Sts, where the RSL building once stood.
Clifton Co-op Hospital general manger Brad Jones said the centre would open the possibility of more GPs coming to the town.
"The medical centre has the greatest opportunity for improved services and employment opportunities," he said.
"This new centre should service the community for the next 50 years."
A similar sentiment was shared by chairman Mel Binnington, who said the centre would have a number of benefits for Clifton.
"Firstly, the centre is going to provide far more spacious facilities and greater capacity for doctors," he said.
"The intention is we will have more GPs for patients to choose from."
One of the greatest benefits of the new centre will be the telehealth room, which Mr Binnington said would allow residents to access specialists across the country.
"With the NBN, doctors will have the capacity to video stream with specialists," he said.
"Doctors will be able to consult specialists anywhere they are."
Allied health is also coming on board with the new medical centre, bringing a number of health services under the one roof.
"One of the major benefits of the new centre will be the training of doctors," Mr Binnington said.
"Currently we work with Queensland Rural Medical Education and have registrars and young doctors come and work with us.
"Clifton will be able to provide GP knowledge, hospital and aged care experience to these doctors in training."
The current medical centre in Clifton, which is serviced by two GPs, remains one of the only bulk-billing clinics in the region.
"We are currently very well serviced with GPs," Mr Jones said.
"At this point in time we have no plans to change our bulk-billing service when we move across to the new medical centre."
The development of the new medical centre isn't the only change for health care in Clifton, with the recent opening of a diversional therapy centre for residents of Nirvana - the town's aged care facility.
Mr Jones said the diversional therapy centre had been a long-running project for the Clifton Co-op Hospital Board.
"We've been trying to bring this centre to fruition for some time," he said.
"The idea is to enhance the range of activities we offer Nirvana residents.
"The project was driven by what residents wanted to utilise this space for."
There is a five-year plan in place for further expansions on the Norman St site of Clifton's medical facilities, with both Nirvana and the nursing home currently full to capacity.
"There are long-term plans to expand to keep up with the demand," Mr Jones said.
"Part of my role is to design a master plan for the site."
Mr Jones said the many health projects in Clifton had received a very positive response from locals.
"There's been a lot of consultation with the community - it's been overwhelmingly positive," he said.
Construction of the new centre will begin in the second week of October, with officials hinting the building could be finished as early as March next year
Medical centre snapshot
- Located on the corner of Kate and Norman Sts
- Construction to begin mid-October
- Due for completion between March and May
- Additional GPs and consultation rooms
- Telehealth room for consultation with specialists
- Allied health consultation rooms
- Will remain a bulk-billing clinic