Wheatbelt Health centre up and running

Open for business: The Wheatbelt GP team together at one site.THE Wheatbelt Health Centre is officially open after its first day of business on January 5.

Opening hours are 8am-9pm Monday to Friday and 9am-4pm on Saturdays.

Wheatbelt GP Network’s Suzanne Juniewicz said the centre could possibly open earlier at 7am.

“We have received a positive response from clients since opening, and I particularly thank patients for the patience they displayed in our first week,” Ms Juniewicz said.

“We always welcome feedback from people with what they would like to see because this place is for them.”

Acting chief executive Melissa Deejenaars said people could expect the highest level of primary health care in a family-friendly environment.

Staff from Wellington Surgery, Fitzgerald Street Surgery and Northam Physiotherapy were now all together under one roof.

“All the same familiar faces are here,” Ms Deejenaars said.

“The centre is a solution for the entire Wheatbelt, not just Northam it means people don’t have to travel to Midland and Perth for services.

“A whole team has got us to this point from our board members to managing staff, the federal government’s Super Clinic Program, the Shire of Northam, Michael Green from Collaborative Design and also Badge Construction.”

There are 11 GPs in total, three of them women, and they work various days providing various services and access to treatment rooms.

Three practice nurses are able to run child clinics, provide vaccinations, health assessments and assist the doctors.

The centre provides diabetes and asthma educators, counselors and psychologists.

At any one time there are 20 administration staff with a total of 60 people all up across the business.

Ms Deejenaars said there were a number of visiting specialists attending the centre with others also interested.

“One of our specialists is general physician Jaye Martin who lives locally and works throughout WA,” Ms Deejenaars said.

“She is looking at three days a month; however she is able to increase the number of referrals if required.”

Physiotherapy is provided by Dean Butler of Northam Physiotherapy.

The health centre consists of five consulting rooms for physio and allied therapies, seven doctor consultation rooms, two practice nurse rooms, three allied health and two specialist rooms.

There is also one audiology room and a double treatment room.

An on-site cafe is due to open at the beginning of next month with bench seating to be placed in a nearby courtyard.

Next month will also see the opening of an on-site pharmacy.

Walk ins are welcome at the Wheatbelt Health Centre, or alternatively people can book online via wheatbelt老域名出售.au.

In the coming weeks The Avon Valley Advocate will be providing profiles on Wheatbelt Health Centre GPs.

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