Doctor's surgery gets a reprieve after lease terminated

WE’RE BACK: Dr Yvonne Sundram with long time patient Carmen Birkenstock outside the Acmed Surgery in Redbank Plains.
WE’RE BACK: Dr Yvonne Sundram with long time patient Carmen Birkenstock outside the Acmed Surgery in Redbank Plains. David Nielsen

OWNERS of the Redbank Plains Shopping Village appear to have had a change of heart after earlier turfing out a respected family doctor's surgery.

The Queensland Times published a story last Friday after Acmed Surgery partners Yvonne Sundram and Ruban Ratnam received a letter informing them that their lease at the shopping centre would be terminated.

The husband and wife GP team was given only one month to vacate the premises they have occupied for more than 38 years, upsetting long-time patients and angering Mayor Paul Pisasale, who urged owners Alceon Captrans JV to - at the bear minimum - assist the business in finding a new home.

As it turns out, the owners went one better, offering the doctor's surgery an alternative shop space in the existing centre while the massive redevelopment of the Redbank Plains Shopping Village takes place.

Dr Sundram said Acmed Surgery was also offered a spot within the new part of the centre once construction is complete.

"The development manager called me Friday morning telling me that he had every intention of keeping us within the existing centre and that he should have let us know before the letter came out," Dr Sundram said.

"We will have to move to a temporary location before we are given space in the extended part of the shopping centre.

"I'm not sure why we have to leave the shop we are in now - that hasn't been explained to us.

"It feels like we've had a win but we will have to sit down and talk about the terms first."

Of particular interest for the local doctors will be any increase in rent that results from the move into the new part of the shopping centre.

Dr Sundram is awaiting a reply from the development manager to discuss the arrangements.

The reprieve has come as excellent news to long-time patient Carmen Birkenstock, who contacted both the QT and Mayor Paul Pisasale looking for help when her doctors were first told they would have to leave.

Mrs Birkenstock said she credited Drs Sundram and Ratnam with saving her husband's life and that they had been her trusted GPs for 30 years.

"I am very happy with this news," Mrs Birkenstock said.

"It is a good feeling that the big ones are looking after the little ones."

Topics:  ipswich redbank plains shopping centre

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