The rural town of Millmerran south-west of Toowoomba has been shocked to find its only GP clinic is now closed.
The Millmerran Medical Centre at 45 Campbell Street despatched text messages and emails to patients informing them the surgery wouldn’t re-open in 2020.
** IMPORTANT NOTICE **
Millmerran Medical Centre will NOT be re-opening in 2020. Please organize alternate on-going medical care.
TRANSFER OF PATIENT MEDICAL RECORDS
For handoverof your medical records, please ask your new GP to arrange a Transfer of Medical Records form to be emailed to [email protected]med.com.au.”
Secretary of Millmerran Progress and Commerce Association, Roselle Crellin, had this comment for us –
Millmerran Medical Centre has provided health care services to the community since the 1940’s, operating from the current location since September 2004.
Visiting allied health specialists including 2 psychologists, an optometrist, hearing specialist, podiatrist and dietitian also worked from the Centre when in Millmerran.
The Centre was run by Dr Andrew Reedy, who had been based in Millmerran for a number of years, and also visited Cecil Plains.
Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio, who grew up and has a property in Millmerran was stunned, describing the knowledge as “catastrophic.”
The closure will force patients to head to either the Millmerran Hospital or journey to Pittsworth.
Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service executive director Jo Shaw stated “We will bring in additional doctors to the Millmerran Hospital in the interim to support the potential increase in primary health presentations,” she said.
“Darling Downs Health didn’t have forewarning of the closure, but we will ensure the Millmerran community has continuing access to medical care while a new practice is established.
“The hospital can sustain the additional presentations, and we encourage anyone in the community seeking medical treatment to call 13 HEALTH (1343 2584) for health advice and assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or present to the emergency department at the Millmerran Hospital.”