KINCRAIG Medical Clinic doctors and staff will consult from their new location today.
The practice is now on the same grounds as the Naracoorte Hospital on Cedar Ave and the practice partners and staff are eager to continue to deliver quality care in a more contemporary setting.
It is a new era in health in Naracoorte after the clinic was based from its inception at "Buona Vista House" at 65 Jenkins Tce - only a few hundred metres from the new clinic site.
Work started on the relocation project in October last year after an Australian Government Health and Hospitals Fund grant for $1.34 million was secured in 2011.
The Limestone Coast Division of General Practice managed the funds while working closely with the practice.
Further financial input was provided by the clinic's five partners to meet the total cost of the $2.2 million project.
The 805 sq m site is fitted with 12 consultation rooms, large nursing and administration areas, three procedure rooms and a smaller consult room planned to be used for interns in 2014, as well as a dedicated pathology area.
The procedure rooms will be used for women's health, immunisations, minor procedures and ECG and spirometry.
Practice manager Kate Foster said it was a big project that would benefit many people.
"It is very exciting for not only doctors and staff but also the Naracoorte and surrounding communities," she said.
"We have patients from Penola, Lucindale, Keith, Kingston, Edenhope and beyond visit our clinic.
"It's great to look at what we have achieved...there are not too many towns this size to have a new purpose built clinic like this, we will now be able to offer new services to our patients."
Involved in the construction and design of the building were Naracoorte building contractors Springwood Homes, Adelaide-based company Tim Evans Architecture and interior designer Louise Kelly of Adelaide-based Lulu Design, as well as numerous other local and out of town trades.
Mrs Foster thanked them all for their hard work and also recognised Kincraig Medical Clinic finance officer Sue Thiele who played an integral role.
"Sue has worked extremely hard to ensure the building project kept on time and within budget and spent countless hours on the overall project."
The clinic will be home to several allied health professionals and there are hopes to attract even more in the future.
Adelaide Pathology Partners will be based in the building, there will be two mental health workers funded by Medicare Local and Smiles All Round psychologist Lana-Joy Durik will be in two days a week.
Furthermore, Telehealth services will be offered, allowing patients to meet directly with their specialist from a chair in Naracoorte.
Also available will be services such as care plans, health care assessments and day and evening clinics for targeted health checks to ensure better health outcomes for the patients.
Benefits of the new location include less travel time for those who need to access additional services such as x-rays at the adjacent hospital.
Ample parking is available off Cedar Ave via the emergency entrance and exit in front of community health.
The old clinic building is on the market for private sale.
There are currently 10 doctors working at the clinic; however, there are hopes to increase that to 13 in 2014.