Greenpoint Medical Centre saved by community-wide effort
by Brighton Council
Bridgewater’s Greenpoint Medical Centre has a new lease on life thanks to a successful community-wide campaign to keep the clinic. Your Hobart Doctor is the new provider of General Practice services at Greenpoint Medical Centre, with the handover providing minimal disruption to patients.
Your Hobart Doctor plans to expand the services and hours at the clinic as part of their takeover, which is great news for residents.
The fight to keep Greenpoint Medical Centre open engaged many locals, such as Melissa Tyrell who ran a Facebook page aimed at saving the centre. Throughout the campaign she kept the community informed about events related to saving the centre. Rallies were held and get-togethers with Jen Butler MP also focused on the goal of keeping the centre within the community.
State Minister for Health, Guy Barnett MP said that having access to general practitioners is crucial for the health and wellbeing of Tasmanians. “We know that increased demand on our emergency departments is often due to difficulty in accessing timely and affordable primary health care,” Minister Barnett said.
Federal Member for Lyons, Brian Mitchell MP, was thrilled with the result. “Your Hobart Doctor has a terrific reputation as a quality provider of primary healthcare services, including as a federally-funded Urgent Care Clinic in central Hobart, and I am confident the Bridgewater community will welcome this news with open arms,” Mr Mitchell said.
“I would like to thank the many people who have put in a lot of effort to achieve this result, including federal health department officials, Primary Health Tasmania, HR Plus, and of course the many people in Bridgewater who galvanised behind a positive campaign to ensure the community kept its GP clinic,” Mr Mitchell added. “This is a great result for the local community.”