Long-awaited medical centre opens at Allenton

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Some of the Three Rivers Health staff outside of the new centre, from left, Dr Malcolm Wootton, nurse Melissa Brett, pharmacist technician Debbie Summerfield, nurse manager Andrea Kinley, podiatrist Mikayla Wakelin, nurse Marion Martin, receptionist Jo McSorley and physiotherapist Audra Cuellar.

Allenton’s long awaited new medical centre has opened its doors for business.

Three Rivers Health combines the practices of Allenton Medical Centre doctors John Guthrie and Malcolm Wootton and Gym Company doctor Penny Holdaway and opened last Monday.

The centre has been years in the making and is located at the top of Elizabeth Street on Allens Road.

There are 16 consulting rooms, a nurses bay and spaces allocated for minor surgery, visiting professionals and clinics.

Patient services are downstairs, while administration and staff rooms are upstairs.

Seven doctors and four nurses are among the large staff at the centre, which has parking for 40 cars.

The centre also includes Searles Allenton Pharmacy, podiatrists Feet n’ Motion and Pro-Active physio.

Dr Malcolm Wootton said the builders had done a fine job and “it was great to be in the new building”.

The large space meant that the health centre was able to offer more to its patients, which numbered around 10,000.

The site for the new health centre was cleared in March last year, but ground work was delayed and did not begin until the end of 2016.

The multi-million dollar family health centre has been funded by South Link Health Services, which has built similar centres in Picton and Invercargill, and has equity in 13 South Island and four North Island medical centres.