The flagged new nurse-led Walk-in Centre for Weston Creek will be located in a refurbished Community Health Centre on Parkinson Street in Weston.
Minister for Health and Wellbeing Meegan Fitzharris joined local MLAs Chris Steel and Bec Cody on Friday (17 August) to announce the preferred site of the new Walk-in Centre, which will be part of a $4.6 million upgrade of the Community Health Centre.
The refurbishment will also see a number of treatment and consultation rooms added within the building’s existing footprint so existing services, like the Maternal and Child Health Clinic, can be expanded.
“This redevelopment fits within the Territory-wide Health Services Framework, which factors in plans to upgrade existing health buildings to ensure we have sustainable health services across our local communities,” Ms Fitzharris said.
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Ms Fitzharris said the site in the Weston Creek Group Centre was chosen because it was conveniently located next to the Cooleman Court Shopping Centre, as well as public transport and other local community infrastructure.
Consultation would now get under way with staff before construction on the new Walk-in Centre starts next year.
The centre will be the ACT’s fourth and will provide free basic health care to the people of Weston Creek and the growing Molonglo Valley.
“The Molonglo Valley is expected to be home to more than 24,000 people over the next 20 years, which is why we are planning now for more local healthcare services,” Ms Fitzharris said.
The Weston Creek Walk-in Centre will add to the network of centres being developed across Canberra, including the two existing ones in Belconnen and Tuggeranong, the Gungahlin Walk-in Centre, which is due to open next month, and an additional centre being planned for the Inner North.
The Walk-in Concept has come under fire from some doctors and the Canberra Liberals, who argue it is inefficient and too costly, but the Government has remained committed to rolling out the centres across the ACT.