ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, today officially opened the new Airport General Practice, located at the Majura Park Medical Centre.
"The new Practice will provide health care to the 10,000 people who work at the airport and also to people living in Pialligo, and neighbouring suburbs. It will also provide care to the shoppers who visit Majura Park each week," the Chief Minister said.
"In addition to Airport General Practice, the Medical Centre will have a pathology centre where patients can get their blood test referrals done, and a physiotherapy clinic. There is also a nearby pharmacy where scripts can be filled. It is expected that a dentist will also be part of the Medical Centre.
"This reflects a developing trend in health, where services are grouped together for patients so they can easily access them," the Chief Minister said.
The practice is large, with seven consultation rooms and when it reaches full capacity will provide up to 40,000 consultations per year. The treatment area is well equipped, and in addition to providing facilities for the usual minor procedures, two of the GPs will use their special expertise in skin cancer medicine and surgery.
Two of the doctors at the Airport General Practice did their registrar training in Canberra and the practice has also been accredited by Coast City Country GP Training to take on GP registrars for training.
"This new practice helps to keep doctors here in Canberra by providing employment opportunities, which is of great benefit to the Canberra community.
"I am sure the community will support the new Airport General Practice and welcome the doctors, nurses and other staff," the Chief Minister concluded.
The hours of operation of the Majura Park Medical Centre will be Monday to Friday 8:30 am – 5:30 pm, Saturday 9:00 am – 11:30 am. Home visits will be available for patients of the Practice who are unable to attend the practice premises.
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