A NEW purpose-built medical centre could soon eliminate travel times for Dalby residents requiring specialist treatment.
Dalby Friendly Society Dispensary CEO James Bannerman said the project was finally coming to fruition after a lengthy planning process.
"We identified a need at the height of the mining and gas industry," Mr Bannerman said.
"Patients would come in and say it took them two days for an appointment.
"We're pretty excited and the board is pretty excited. We are trying to give back to the town."
Specialists are also a primary focus for FSD, with many residents still travelling to Toowoomba for treatment.
"We've heard of a lot of patients with issues … we will take whoever we can get," Mr Bannerman said.
"If we can get them here regularly, they can come and use that one facility."
The new medical centre still requires approval from the Western Downs Regional Council.
WDRC Mayor Ray Brown said he would welcome medical specialists to the region.
"That's a big positive in my books," Cr Brown said.
"There is a need there - no doubt about it.
"Our aim is to get upgrades into our towns outside the south-east corner. If that's the case, we're going to need specialists."
FSD purchased the property at 171c Cunningham St at the end of last year.
The organisation is currently accepting expressions of interest for a doctor.
- Eight rooms will be for consultation, with one used on a rotating basis for specialists.
- A procedures room will be used for dressings and similar procedures.
- A car park from Alfred St will have 15 spaces.
- The centre is still yet to be approved by the Western Downs Regional Council.
- Any objections to the proposed centre from the public close today.
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