New medical clinic for Horsham

GOOLUM Goolum Aboriginal Co-operative will launch a new medical clinic in Horsham next month.

Chief executive Wally Coleman said the Hamilton Street Medical Clinic would be open to all Wimmera residents, not just the indigenous community.

She said a new doctor would start work in January.

"We have Dr Fearon Kelly, who is an Irish doctor," she said.

"Dr Kelly owned his own practice in London and has been in Western Australia for the past year.

"He wanted to come to rural Victoria and he will live in Horsham."

She said the clinic would possibly have a female doctor as well, who would start in March.

Mrs Coleman said there was a need for the clinic in the community.

"There seems to be a shortage of doctors," she said.

"Therefore we will offer our doctor services to the whole community and the co-operative will still exist separately."

She said the co-operative always had a doctor on site one day a week.

"We found we needed a full-time doctor," she said.

"With the possibility of two doctors and the space we had available, we are able to create a whole new clinic."

Mrs Coleman said the community supported the idea.

"We are delighted to offer this service," she said.

"People have been very positive.

"They like the idea of having two new doctors in town."

Mrs Coleman said the clinic would be open by appointment from January 20.

"Our hours will be 9am to 5pm and we bulk bill," she said.

She said anyone who wanted to make an appointment at the clinic could call 5381 6330.

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