GP's settle in at Toormina
By BELINDA SCOTT
COME Together is the theme song for four local medicos who are crossing the zebra stripes to new and larger premises on the eastern side of Toormina Road.
GPs Ian Arthur, John Koster, Colin Leal and Edmund Wong turned their move into a tribute to the Beatles classic album, Abbey Road.
They are telling their patients I Want You (in my new premises) but telling them not to Carry That Weight.
The four doctors will roll out their welcome mat on Monday morning at their new and larger surgery across the road from their present premises.
Dr Arthur said the practice had also recently decided to move into a new medical model for care and establish an ancillary health support unit.
The doctors will be keeping their old premises and re-designing the building as an allied health centre.
Dr Arthur said the planned centre would include practitioners like podiatrists and dieticians and provide integrated health care for the people of Toormina, Sawtell and the southern side of the city.
"It will be a first for the area," he said.
The new centre will be linked to the main medical practice, which will provide administrative services, using wireless technology.
"This is UK-style health care and I think the future of medical services in Australia," Dr Arthur said.
"It means less duplication of services and you won't have to travel.
"It will be great for elderly people because they will be able to see a number of practitioners during one visit."
Dr Arthur said he had already had expressions of interest in the proposed centre from a psychologist, a podiatrist and several dieticians.