Medical clinic offers coffee while you wait

Nurse Chindy Del-Rosario with centre owner Phil Coelho.  Picture: Martin Kennealey        d441856
Nurse Chindy Del-Rosario with centre owner Phil Coelho. Picture: Martin Kennealey        d441856

Alkimos Medical Centre director Phil Coelho said the clinic, which opened this month, also had a caf� with barista-made coffee and food options.

�With the Smartqueue system patients take a number and, when the doctor is ready, the number comes up on a screen,� he said.

�This allows patients to go to the cafe area to relax while waiting their turn.

�It also makes it more efficient for the doctors and practitioners, who don�t have to go looking for their patients when it�s their turn.�

With a GP, pathologist, dentist, physiotherapist, podiatrist, psychologist and dietician on site, the clinic�s opening and its bulk-billing service were good news for resident Rebecca Alesso.

�We don�t have a concession card, and with four children, my husband and me, it can get quite expensive just to go to the doctor�s,� she said.

�Our eldest has a tendency to break things with all the skating he does, so it�s good news that the doctors will bulk-bill.

�I�m a few minutes� drive from the new Shorehaven clinic � I could probably even walk there.�

On Shorehaven Boulevard, the clinic is part of a $2.3 million complex that includes a Great Beginnings child care centre and a Clinicare pharmacy.

Designed by Hindley and Associates Building Designers and built by Tydan Construction, the 3092sq m property includes the 900sq m child care centre, 150sq m pharmacy and 400sq m medical centre.