New GP clinic at Loch Sport

Dr Iain Nicolson will be providing the GP service at Loch Sport Medical Centre. Photo: Contributed

Stefan Bradley

A new general practice medical clinic is now operating in Loch Sport.

The local community of Loch Sport has been advocating to have a clinic with a GP servicing their area and Central Gippsland Health (CGH) negotiated a contract with the family-run Nicolson Medical Services, who will be trading as Loch Sport Medical Centre.

Dr Iain Nicolson, who has worked in Sale since 1985, will be the general practitioner providing the service that will initially operate one day per week with the option to expand.

CGH chief executive officer Mark Dykgraaf, said this was a significant step that demonstrated the power of partnerships between the community and CGH.

“Although providing GP services in Loch Sport is part of the CGH Strategic Plan, we couldn’t have negotiated for the services without the support of the local community,” he said.

“We are proud of this arrangement that is a milestone for healthcare rurally, improving access for people who would otherwise have to travel out of their community for quality care.”

The new clinic complements the other services currently being provided from the site including the community nursing services, physiotherapy, podiatry and counselling with the support of Head to Health and Inglis Medical Centre.

Sale Medical Centre Practice manager John Nicolson said they were very excited to offer a GP service for the people of Loch Sport.

“We look forward to providing a GP service there for the long term,” he said.

“Those who live in places such as Golden Beach will also have a GP that’s a bit closer, rather than having to travel to Sale.

“Right now we’re just sticking to Fridays, but we’re looking to increase that to more days. We’ll let the demand increase. We were fully booked last week, and we are getting a lot of bookings for this week.

Appointments for the clinic can be made through the Sale Medical Centre via phone 5144 5766 or online at lochsportmedical.com.au