Medical clinic set to grow
PLANS LODGED FOR NEW $1.8M HEALTH CENTRE IN NORLANE
THE owner of Corio Bay Medical Centre is seeking a planning permit to establish a new, bigger facility about 1km from the Barwon Health North site.
An application currently before council includes a $1.8 million plan to establish a purpose-built, state-of-the-art medical centre on a vacant 2850sq m former church site on Sparks Rd, Norlane.
The two-level development would allow space for up to 15 practitioners and include a pathology collection area, pharmacy, immunisation room, 50 parking spaces and other allied health services such as physiotherapy and podiatry on the ground level.
The first floor would house a staff lounge, meeting room, education room, kitchen and offices.
The medical centre provides important care for nonEnglish speaking patients in the region but principal and owner Dr Abbas Mahmood said the business had outgrown its current Goulburn Ave site in Corio.
“Our services are highly sought after and very stretched, our doctors are booked out for days and weeks ahead, we are unable to refuse services to this community due to reluctance and/or lack of expertise of other clinics in the area to provide them with a similar service,” he said.
Dr Mahmood said the centre “almost single-handedly” managed the primary health care needs of the refugee settlement program for the Geelong region for the past nine years.
“It is work we are both proud of and passionate about. Along the way we have accumulated a wealth of expertise that is unique in the Barwon region and this status is well recognised among our peers and local health care organisations,” he said.
The $33 million State Government-funded Barwon Health North facility, located on the former Norlane’s Waterworld site a short distance away, is also set to include a pathology centre and pharmacy but, in a statement of support dated July 17, the organisation endorsed the development.
“The demographics and poorer health of the community in this part of the northern suburbs is well documented and having extra services in this part of Norlane will assist a very marginalised part of the community,” Barwon Health said.
The development has also received backing from the Western Victoria Primary Health Network, Diversitat and Labor’s Corio MP, Richard Marles.
“This planned new medical centre will be a significant addition to the health care needs of the northern Geelong community. I am very happy to support the Corio Bay Medical Centre in this endeavour,” Mr Marles said in a letter of support.
The new centre would operate Monday to Friday 7am-8pm, Saturday 7am-5pm and Sunday 9am-5pm.
The building — situated in a residential area — would be located centrally on the site and have separate external parking areas at the north and south for the staff and patrons respectively. The application is open for public comment until February 26.
An artist’s impression of a proposed medical clinic at 104-108 Sparks Rd, Norlane.