Drs keen to join Grafton super clinic
GRAFTON’S GP Super clinic is already attracting interest from doctors outside the area even though it is not scheduled to open until October next year.
Yesterday, executives from the developer of the clinic, Ochre Health Foundation, visited Grafton and held meetings with Grafton Base Hospital executives, The Daily Examiner and other health organisations.
Included in the delegation were Ochre Health executive director Dr Hamish Meldrum, project manager David Carter and director Peter Bayley.
Mr Bayley said Ochre Health had already received expressions of interest from doctors who wanted to work in the super clinic even though it was not likely to begin recruiting until construction on the site begins around August.
The clinic was new with up-to-date facilities, and that along with its approach to patient care, was the attraction.
“The philosophy of having multiple health professionals working as a team in a way that coordinates patient care is very attractive to younger doctors,” Mr Bayley said.
Ochre Health will call for tenders for the construction of the clinic in a couple of months once design considerations for the building are completed.
“We would love to see a local construction company and subcontractors involved in building the project,” Mr Bayley said.
Ochre Health has yet to finalise the purchase of the site from the Catholic Church, but said the sale will go ahead once the formalities of the subdivision of the block have been processed.