Better health services at new Imbil Clinic
DR MAURA Harvey cracked the champagne last week to mark a new era in Imbil - the town now has a purpose-built doctors' surgery.
The new Imbil Clinic was welcomed with fanfare and relief as Dr Harvey told invited guests on Friday that it was five years since she had decided to build a replacement for the converted brick house which had become overwhelmed by the growing clinic.
"I hope this will give Imbil a kick along, now that we have come out of the doldrums of the Traveston Crossing Dam era," she said.
"The properties are starting to sell and I think a new clinic will be good for the area.
"We have always felt a part of the community and in fact the neighbours have often brought us scones for morning tea."
But the opening was also about her staff, Dr Harvey said.
The Imbil Clinic is the third built by the Harveys, who own clinics in Cooroy and Pomona.
"We are welcoming new staff members - receptionists, nurses and doctors - and we have registrars who have passed their exams - and we have birthdays to celebrate as well," she said.
"This is a gathering of the crew."
Dr Maud Cazot, from Cooroibah, joins Dr Rob Angus and Dr Harvey at the Imbil Clinic.
Dr Harvey thanked her husband Mark who managed the building project, and Gympie councillor Julie Walker for her support. Builder Shane Coutts and practice manager Carole Pheeney had both worked hard to bring the project to fruition.
The new clinic has four consulting rooms, a QML collection room, and a room for Allied Health and a physiotherapist.
The nurses have their own room and a three-bay treatment room will be a welcome improvement on the previous arrangement.
Residents will now have access to a physio, psychologist, diabetic services, podiatrist, audiologist, and a dietician will soon be added to the list.