Myall medical practice to open seven days
MYALL Medical Practice will open 7 days a week from February 1.
The centre, which opens six days, will open on Sundays in three weeks time.
Associate owner John Bechtel said the practice would extend its hours to operate a 70-hour-week, including Saturdays until 4.30pm, and 10am to 2pm on Sundays.
"The Saturday clinics have been getting busier and we know there's always been demand for a Sunday service because everything else goes to the hospital,” Dr Bechtel said.
"So we're trying to respond to that community need.”
The centre estimated the new hours would provide an additional 60 to 65 appointments a week.
Dr Bechtel said the opening hours would provide more opportunity and flexibility for those booking routine check-ups around their work hours.
"There's been pressure for those for can't come in during the week but want to visit for routine stuff on the weekend,” he said.
"This will provide our patients access without having to visit the emergency room.
"We hope it will take some of the load off the hospital.”
The centre opens 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and 8am to noon on Saturdays.