Super clinic ‘a goer'

RUMOURS Grafton GP Super Clinic was "struggling for numbers" have been denied by Ochre Health, the company running the clinic.

Ochre's chief operating officer John Burns said the clinic would hold an open day on Saturday, October 17, with three doctors as planned.

"Dr Paul Fowler and Dr Andrew Terrey plus admin and nursing staff from the Southside Doctors Surgery will be relocating to the super clinic in line with the

opening on the 17th," Mr Burns said.

"They will be joined by Dr Katherine Grahame who is relocating to Grafton. I returned yesterday from a doctors' careers conference in London where I spoke to four UK GPs (a husband and wife and two other female GPs) about relocating to the clinic next year.

"We will have five GPs by March 2012 and we expect to have eight GPs by August 2012.

"We are having an open day on Saturday the 15th so the community can come through the centre - it has been finished to a very high quality."

The Examiner asked Ochre Health late yesterday if it was planning to bulk-bill patients and a spokeswoman responded saying this was a matter for individual doctors.

"Patients with chronic diseases or who are on a care plan with high volume visits are usually entitled to be bulk-billed," the spokeswoman said.

Initial trading hours for the clinic will be 8.30am to 6pm,

Monday to Friday.



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