Su­per clinic set for fit-out

Pilbara News - - Front Page - ■ Tom Zaun­mayr

Kar­ratha’s GP Su­per Clinic is just weeks away from open­ing its doors to the pub­lic with con­struc­tion of the $13 mil­lion fa­cil­ity now fin­ished.

In a low-key event hosted at the new clinic on Mon­day af­ter­noon, con­struc­tion firm Doric handed over the keys to Kar­ratha Cen­tral Health­care, who will now com­plete the fit-out be­fore open­ing doors to the pub­lic in the first week of March.

KCH chief ex­ec­u­tive Jo Halpin said to have the keys handed over on time was “ex­cep­tion­ally ex­cit­ing”.

“You just walk in there and you think ‘wow’, at long last it is ours, it is ac­tu­ally there,” she said.

“I re­ally want to say, we had 75-80 per cent of the trades­men be­ing lo­cal and they have done an ab­so­lutely won­der­ful job.

“Even though peo­ple live re­motely, that doesn’t mean we should have re­mote health.”

Ms Halpin said the ar­chi­tec­ture and colour scheme had re­ceived high praise from the com­mu­nity since the fences came down.

The clinic fea­tures four ar­eas: clin­i­cal, al­lied health, so­cial and emo­tional well­be­ing and cor­po­rate, as well as spe­cific ar­eas for Abo­rig­i­nal health and chronic dis­ease.

Ms Halpin said the clinic would aim to open with three doc­tors.

Doric gen­eral man­ager Lance van Drunick said the GP Su­per Clinic was a good ex­am­ple of how Doric used the lo­cal work­force when cho­sen to un­der­take projects in towns.

“It is Doric’s very great priv­i­lege to be hand­ing over this much needed, state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity to the peo­ple of Kar­ratha, and the Pil- bara,” he said. “We have very much en­joyed work­ing with Pil­bara Health Net­work on what will serve as a hub for med­i­cal prac­tice with- in the re­gion.” City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter long said he was pleased to see the new fa­cil­ity take its place in the CBD.

Mr Long said the City had been work­ing hard to im­prove ser­vices in Kar­ratha. An of­fi­cial open­ing will be held on March 30.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Doric gen­eral man­ager Lance Van Drunick, Kar­ratha Cen­tral health­care chief ex­ec­u­tive Jo Halpin, Pil­bara Health Net­work board chair­woman Narda Schneider and mem­bers of the con­struc­tion team.

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