New Barcy doctors surgery opens doors

THE new, $1.67 million Barcaldine Doctors' Surgery will see its first patients on October 31.

Central West Health Service District chief executive Jill Magee said the facility gave local residents access to improved medical services.

The new surgery also provided spacious new facilities for Queensland Health's three doctors at Barcaldine Multi-Purpose Health Service who all have rights of private practice as part of their contracts.

Construction of the surgery was completed earlier this year but, prior to opening to the public, has been undergoing further internal fit-out to meet the doctors' requirements.

Ms Magee said the opening of the new doctors' surgery would take the pressure off the Barcaldine MPHS.

"The old doctors' surgery, which was built in 1963, was getting too small to cope with the demand for private GP services," she said.

"As a result, a lot of the patients who would otherwise have gone to see the doctors in their private practice ended up going to the Barcaldine MPHS emergency department instead.

"However, the new doctors' surgery has six spacious consultation rooms and a two-bay treatment room, new furniture to make it more comfortable for patients, and it will also be more convenient for visiting medical specialists and allied health professionals to use.

"The new surgery will also be eligible for the Commonwealth's Practice Incentive Payments scheme that encourages private general practitioners to combat chronic disease issues.

"A project such as this is much more than just bricks and mortar, it helps to ensure we have sustainable health care services in the Central West. The community of Barcaldine and surrounds will be far better served by this new surgery."

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