Great Southern Specialist Centre eyes growth to meet increasing demand

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The Great Southern Specialist Centre is moving ahead with plans to expand its facilities to meet growing healthcare demand in the region.

Pending building approvals, two new buildings would be added to the Great Southern Health Precinct on Cockburn Road, which includes the Albany Day Hospital.

Great Southern Specialist Centre business manager Sarah Bowles said GSSC medical specialists were working with developers Realforce Property to create the new co-located medical specialist centre.

They hoped the new facilities would be open by June next year.

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“We needed to expand to meet current demand, but also to prepare for future population growth, especially as much of this growth in our region is coming from people over 50 years,” she said.

“Our centre is designed to be a hub for specialist services, which complements the public hospital.

“We enable GPs to refer patients to high-quality specialists and receive advice at a local level. As we continue to grow and build our patient base, we are able to attract even more specialists and medical services to the region and offer even greater choice of doctors for our patients.”

One of the new buildings would form a new wing for the GSSC, with the second building planned to house complementary allied health services.

The centre has 11 resident specialist doctors and 23 specialist visiting doctors.

Ms Bowles said since opening in July 2018, more than 12,500 patients had visited the centre.

“That’s a staggering number of patients who were able to avoid unnecessary travel, and it means people in our community can stay close to their families and homes during their medical care,” she said.

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