Clinic takes over Meridian Health
BRISBANE-based company Lismore GP Super Clinic Pty Ltd will set up and run the city's new Federally-funded super clinic at Goonellabah's Rous Road shopping centre.
The company is owned by the same people, Kenneth Stockley of Graceville in Brisbane and John Brice of Middle Park in Brisbane, that own the Meridian Health clinic in the shopping centre.
In a statement, Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon says Lismore GP Super Clinic Pty Ltd would take over the Meridian Health office and then expand through the surrounding shops in its section of the shopping centre.
The $7 million Super Clinic would combine GPs, nurses, visiting medical specialists, allied health professionals and other healthcare providers and services, including a dental service, Ms Roxon says.
The Super Clinic was promised during the 2010 election campaign after doctors in the Northern Rivers GP Network proposed an altered super clinic model, turning the vacant premises of the defunct private hospital at Mackenzie Street into a base station for a wide range of allied health professionals who could then travel out to GP clinics across the region, as well as offering after-hours GP services within the hospital itself.
The idea was pitched as a way of turning all the region's GP surgeries into "super clinics", but was ultimately rejected by the Commonwealth.