Surat’s new, $820,000 primary healthcare centre building will be completed by late June and delivering services to the community by mid-July.

Surat Multipurpose Health Service Director of Nursing Skye Williams said the whole community was keen to see the new building finished. Once completed, the Surat General Practice will relocate from within the MPHS to the new purpose-built building.

Ms Williams said the new Primary Healthcare Centre would provide the general practice with a reception area, three consultation rooms, a treatment room and staff room.
“Patients, staff and visitors also will benefit from a covered walkway linked to the existing  multipurpose health service and full ramp access from the carparking area, providing safe and easy access to the relocated general practice,’’ she said.

Ms Williams said as well as housing the GP practice, the new building also would provide space for visiting Allied Health services and for the visiting Nurse Navigator. “This will free up space within the MPHS itself for our community health services and for our Recreation Officer who looks after the needs of our aged care residents. “The new primary healthcare centre is a lovely new building that will serve the community well into the future.’’

Ms Williams said the Surat MPHS had capacity for eight aged care residents and currently was home to six residents. Surat Multipurpose Health Service Consumer Advisory Network Chair Wendy Newman said the community was excited to see the new health services building coming to fruition.

“It’s wonderful to see such continuing investment in services for a small community like Surat,’’ Mrs Newman said.

“We value the liveability of our town and we value the health care provided by our local multipurpose health service and our GP practice. It’s wonderful to have.

“We also appreciate the efforts to which the South West Hospital and Health Service went to include our local community in consultations about the new building and to take on board our feedback. “The result is a purpose-built new facility for the new age of medicine we have today.’’

Ms Williams said 2020 was shaping up as a big year for Surat health services with the completion of the new primary healthcare building and with the renewed national accreditation for the Surat General Practice that was received last month.

“In addition, we are looking forward to having our permanent doctor Talia Trigger returning to us in October from her maternity leave,’’ she said.

“She will be joined by another doctor and they will be sharing the Surat permanent doctor position, so we will have two doctors living right here in our small community.’’

Ms Williams said Surat medical services were being provided in the interim by experienced locum doctors who had been doing a great job of looking after the community in Dr Trigger’s absence.
South West Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive Linda Patat said the local health service facility was always one of the cornerstones of a community.

“We are very mindful of the importance of health services to our diverse communities and especially to our smaller communities like Surat,’’ she said.

“As a health service, our vision is to be a national leader in the delivery of health services to rural and remote communities.

“Our investment in Surat is only one part of many works, both small and large, currently under way throughout the South West.

“We will continue investing in the delivery of improved health services to our communities as close to home as possible.

“Our communities can be assured that we are committed to them and will always be there for them, in good times and in bad.’’