Centre open doors | video

DOORS OPEN: Alli Jenkins, Katie Elrick, Bec Smith, Rachel Burns, Derek Francis, Debb Wood, Glen Neill, Nicole Dowling, Megan Holmes and Saovanee Cook. Photo: CONTRIBUTED.

DOORS OPEN: Alli Jenkins, Katie Elrick, Bec Smith, Rachel Burns, Derek Francis, Debb Wood, Glen Neill, Nicole Dowling, Megan Holmes and Saovanee Cook. Photo: CONTRIBUTED.

The phones are ringing and bookings are flying in at the Bogan Shire Medical Centre, which had its first day of operation on Monday.

Staff were ready for the first patients who walked through the doors, to answer phones and any questions residents may have. 

Bogan Shire manager for people and culture Debb Wood said it was a successful day. 

“The appointment book was full and five acute case presented at the practice,” she said. 

The community has responded positively to the Bogan Shire Medical Centre opening. 

“Over 300 people visited the Centre on its open days on Wednesday and Thursday and 65 people made appointments and 112 people registered as patients,” Mrs Wood said. 

“Dr Merran Auland, an experienced practitioner, is the doctor in residence. Dr Auland and the nurses’ services are bulk billed.”

Podiatrist Margot Downing will start on Wednesday and visit the centre once a week. 

Pathology services are available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8.30am. 

Management are hoping to increase services. 

“It is expected the range of allied services will expand once the service commences operation,” Mrs Wood said.

The Centre will be open from 9am to 5pm on weekdays.

Appointments can be made by calling 6832 1305. 

Dr Auland has suggested all patients visiting the centre for the first time bring or list any existing or previous health issues, medications (including non-prescriptive), x-rays or scans, pathology and blood test results and information regarding vaccination status.

All medical records will be kept on a separate and secure electronic system and will also join up with My Health Report where information like allergies and medication can be accessed around Australia. 

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