New doctor signs lease to reopen medical centre
Everything looks ready to go inside Toodyay’s refurbished and re-painted Alma Beard Medical Centre in Stirling Terrace.
TOODYAY’S new doctor is expected to re-open the town’s medical centre this month.
Shire CEO Suzie Haslehurst said Dr Akeem Lawal – who worked in Toodyay last year – signed a new five-year lease last month.Read more
This follows recent repairs to the shire-owned building, including plasterwork, painting and refurbishment.
Ms Haslehurst said the work was completed and she anticipated a re-opening this month.
A recent Herald inspection shows a new glass screen installed at the front desk in the patients’ waiting room, walls repainted and other furniture installed.
Boxes of tissues have been placed in the reception area and waste paper bins nearby, ready for patients to use.
Dr Lawal was unavailable to confirm a start date but the shire said he wanted to make the medical centre “a more inviting space” space for patients.
Toodyay’s Alma Beard Medical Centre closed last November after the Northam-based Wheatbelt Health Network withdrew local GP services due to cost concerns.
The Federal Government last month announced a new $3.5 billion Budget measure with a four per cent increase in Medicare rebates to fund GP services and increase bulk billing for patients.