The New South Wales town of Raymond Terrace is set to receive a boost to its health facilities, with the Joint Regional Planning Panel approving a new medical centre yesterday (May 10).
The $10.6 million health clinic is due to open at the end of 2013, and will provide access to general practitioners and public dental services, as well as eight renal dialysis chairs and visiting pathology specialists.
State government member for Port Stephens Craig Baumann believes that the centre will help to meet the needs of local patients, both now and in the future.
"The only alternatives at the moment are Maitland Hospital, John Hunter or the Mater in Newcastle," he told the ABC today (May 11).
"It's particularly important and will be beneficial for the dialysis patients who currently have to go to Charlestown or into Newcastle for their dialysis treatment."
While the new infrastructure is expected to ease pressure on current public services, local residents with private health insurance will still enjoy the flexibility of avoiding long waiting lists and being treated by a doctor of their choice by attending a private hospital that is close to them.