Super clinic hits work delay
A GP Super Clinic promised for Goonellabah has been delayed and won't be fully operational until mid-2013.
The Lismore GP Super Clinic project involves the refurbishment and reconfiguration of the Meridian Health Centre building at 33-35 Rous Rd in Goonellabah.
"Construction is expected to commence prior to the end of 2012, with the GP Super Clinic fully operational in mid-2013", said a spokesman for the Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek.
The sources said the refurbishment of the building "has required the relocation of some existing tenants and staging of construction to accommodate existing health services and minimise disruption to patients."
"This has caused some delay," the representative said.
Early services, including increased availability of PAP and ECG testing, have been provided since May 8 this year.
"Additional services will be offered as the GP Super Clinic nears completion."
The original announcement of the Super Clinic was made on December 6, 2011, by then Health Minister Nicola Roxon. Brisbane-based company Meridian Health won the $7 million federal tender for the clinic.
The original announcement promised that "while the fit-out of the new clinic is scheduled to be completed around mid-2012, services will continue to be provided at the existing premises with some new services planned to come online earlier".
By January 2012, management at Meridian Health told the media the clinic "will not be opening at the site until later this year".