Shiny shovels signal start to Nowra’s GP super clinic

A CEREMONY to mark the start of construction of the planned $4.83 million Nowra GP Super Clinic will be held today Wednesday.

The ceremony will be on the site of the proposed new facility at Scenic Drive, between the Shoalhaven Hospital and the South Coast Cancer Care Centre, at 11am.

There were fears last week the local clinic may have come under threat with the federal government announcing it had suspended funding.

Funds to three GP super clinics had been suspended. The money had been promised under Labor’s $650 million rollout. Twelve other proposed super clinic projects were also being audited.

But member for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis said the Nowra clinic was safe.

The government suspended funding worth $25 million for three of the clinics in Darwin, Rockingham south of Perth and Brisbane, where work had not started, with taxpayers’ money sitting idle since 2010.

The local centre will bring together GPs, nurses and allied health professionals and will focus on chronic disease management and reaching patients who do not have a regular GP.

Plans by local architectural firm Edmiston Jones show up to 10 GP consultation areas, a reception area, physiotherapy, pathology, pharmacy, allied health areas, treatment rooms for small procedures, areas for psychologists and a debrief area on the ground floor.

It will also include 60 car parks.

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