The centre is so exceptional it has already won the Australia-wide Royal Australian College of GPs General Practice of the Year.
The new Kalamunda Medical Centre celebrated its official opening and dedication of its new primary health care facility, at 37 Elizabeth Street, on November 24.
The $9 million project was officially opened by State MP John Day, who spoke of the collaborative efforts of the Health Department and the associates of the Kalamunda Primary Care Trust to establish a complementary facility to the Kalamunda Hospital.
‘Nine years ago, the original concept to co-locate a primary medical care |centre on the grounds of the hospital to aim towards seamless integration of comprehensive health service was championed by two senior doctors at Mead Medical ” Dr Bill Babe and Dr Denis Carragher ” along with Gary England, the Kalamunda Health Services CEO, at the time’ Mr Day said.
‘The project required a team effort and the baton was passed around several times over the years.’
Chairman of the project, Warren Thyer, said Mr Day and his electorate officer, Nola Smart, had provided ongoing support, along with the Swan Kalamunda Health Services.
‘Being a private commercial enterprise, six associates provided the seeding funds and continuing financial responsibility to enable the centre to be built,’ Mr Day said.
‘A large scale commercial project like this required a long-term commitment from various tenants and Mead Medical Group was pivotal in the co-|location of St John of God Pathology and Soul Pattinson Pharmacy,’ Mr Thyer said.
‘All the planning and forward thinking has paid off with the facilities, |extended hours and increased services resulting in the recent win in the Royal Australian College of General Practice.’
The associates felt it was important to incorporate a separate centre to provide the community with consulting rooms for visiting medical specialists.
The new service means less travelling and inconvenience for patients.
Mead Medical’s new facilities include a dedicated meeting room named in honour of Dr John Jamieson, who established the service in 1956.