New lease on life for lo­cal surgery

Myrtleford Times - - Standish Street Surgery -

THE premises has been syn­ony­mous with health­care in Myrtle­ford for around 80 years, and now the Stan­dish Street Surgery has ex­panded even more to meet the on­go­ing di­verse needs of their pa­tients.

The surgery was first built in 1938 by Dr Clive Beau­mont, and changed hands a num­ber of times in the decades that fol­lowed, and con­tin­u­ally ren­o­vated and up­dated.

Fol­low­ing ex­pan­sion in 2004, Dr Si­mon Shute felt that fur­ther ren­o­va­tions were needed to create space for the com­mu­nity’s grow­ing health­care needs.

A year in the plan­ning stages, the ren­o­va­tions took place in the first few months of this year.

Those fa­mil­iar with the prac­tice will no­tice that it no longer has its dis­tinc­tive round win­dow, which is in­deli­bly etched in the mem­o­ries of many who spent time in the wait­ing room.

How­ever, it is still in use, hav­ing been re­turned to the Nan­nip­ieri fam­ily, de­scen­dants of pre­vi­ous lo­cal GP, Dr Pe­ter Broughton, who headed up the prac­tice dur­ing the 1960s.

Dr Shute said that lat­est ren­o­va­tion, which has added three more rooms to the prac­tice, al­lows for eas­ier pa­tient ac­cess, and room for doc­tors and al­lied health prac­ti­tion­ers to work col­lab­o­ra­tively.

Nurses are able to ful­fil a big­ger role in pa­tient care, and the surgery is able to bet­ter cater to the train­ing of fu­ture doc­tors.

He added that clin­ics and pa­tient ed­u­ca­tion in sub­jects in­clud­ing chronic dis­ease man­age­ment will also be able to take place in the in­creased space.

Dr Shute said he is en­joy­ing work­ing in the newly re­vamped space, and wanted to thank all the trades­peo­ple that have been in­volved in the on­go­ing ren­o­va­tion for their ef­forts.

Those vis­it­ing the Stan­dish Street Surgery in com­ing months will no­tice some new faces, as well as peo­ple re­turn­ing to the prac­tice.

Stan­dish Street re­cently wel­comed GP regis­trar Dr Jimmy Tseng to the team, who started ear­lier this year.

Two gen­eral prac­ti­tion­ers are also re­turn­ing to the prac­tice – Dr Shan­non El­liott, who will be com­ing back from ma­ter­nity leave later this year, and Dr Alan Tay­lor.

More in­for­ma­tion about the team and ser­vices at Stan­dish Street Surgery can be found at www.stan­dish­street­surgery.com.au.

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