Updated: Jan 9, 2019
by SAM BIDEY, Townsville Bulletin January 7, 2019
A NEW medical centre is set to open in the heart of Townsville, offering friendly and professional service to those living and working in the city.
Townsville Central Medical Practice will begin treating patients on Monday at the City Arcade building on Flinders St.
The centre is owned by Dr Michael Clements who has been operating Fairfield Central Medical Practice since 2015.
Dr Clements told The Bulletin he was approached by property developer Laurence Lancini in early 2018 who had a vision to bring a medical centre to his company’s CBD building.
“Mr Lancini shared his vision for the CBD and approached we so we decided to work together on this venture,” Dr Clements said.
“It’s a traditional general practice looking at all aspects of chronic disease and general health.
“We think there’s a strong future for businesses in the city and we would like to meet the breeds of those that live and work in the CBD.”
Joining Dr Clements at the centre will be Dr Kerry Gillespie and Dr Sadheesh Rathnayake.
Dr Clements intends to offer training for future GP specialists out of the centre, something he believes would be of great benefit to the region.
It was hoped the centre would have already opened but technical delays have halted the process.
Despite the hiccups Dr Clements said the centre would operate with all the latest technology to make people’s medical experiences as seamless as possible.
“We are proud to keep on the front edge of technology with everything from online bookings and script requests to text messaging results,” he said.
Dr Clements opened his private practice at Fairfield Waters in 2015 after 13 years with the air force as a doctor.
He fell in love with Townsville after being posted here for service. The centre welcomes patients of patients form any and all walks of life but has a special focus on military veterans and their families.