New lease on life for local 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.