New doctor delayed by repairs

By Michael Sinclair-Jones

MAINTENANCE repairs to the Alma Beard Medical Centre (pictured right) have delayed its re-opening until at least the middle of this month.

A new doctor has signed a five-year contract with the Shire of Toodyay to resume local GP services after the centre’s shock closure five-month ago.

However, the keys won’t be handed over until repairs are completed.

The practice will be run by Dr Akeem Lawal, who previously worked in Toodyay for the Wheatbelt Health Network.

The network, which is based in Northam, blamed rising costs for its decision to shut the medical centre last November, leaving Toodyay residents with no local doctors.

It also left Toodyay with no pathology or physiotherapy services.

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