New health clinic nears completion

THE CLARENCE Valley is one step closer to getting an injection of new doctors and health professionals, with progress at the Grafton GP Superclinic given the thumbs-up by officials from Ochre Health – the company behind the clinic.

The multi-million dollar centre, on the corner of Clarence and Fitzroy Sts, is in the final stages of construction.

Yesterday, The Daily Examiner was invited for a tour through the facility with Ochre Health clinical operations manager Lynette Reeves and the clinic’s practice manager, Nathan Riseley.

The centre has been designed with an open, airy floor plan – large windows have also been placed in almost every nook and cranny, flooding the centre with natural light and providing views down to the river.

Don’t let the open design fool you though, Ochre Health has also incorporated plenty of facilities.

When complete, the centre will include GP consultation rooms, a large, open waiting room, an on-site pharmacy, a pathology department, a nursing ward with beds, rooms for health professionals such as podiatrists, a physiotherapy activity room and more.

Ms Reeves, who was in town to inspect the site and meet with some of the centre’s staff of health professionals, said construction was tantalisingly close to being complete.

“We’re very happy with the progress, we’re hoping to have the handover of the building in a few weeks,” she said.

“If everything goes to plan, we’re hoping to be open about mid-October but we’re obviously still waiting on a few approvals, that kind of thing.”

The short-term recruitment process was complete and all staff positions for the opening filled, she said. Three doctors will be employed at the centre from day one and Ochre Health plans to introduce more in the months following – these doctors will join a host of other allied health professionals, pharmacists and nurses who will staff the centre.

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