Med­i­cal clinic set to grow

PLANS LODGED FOR NEW $1.8M HEALTH CEN­TRE IN NORLANE

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS - JEMMA RYAN

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.

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