SITE SECURED: Nicole and Gaston Boulanger on the block of land where they plan to build a new, enlarged BITS Medical centre. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer
SITE SECURED: Nicole and Gaston Boulanger on the block of land where they plan to build a new, enlarged BITS Medical centre. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer Mike Richards GLA220415BITS_1

Bigger and better centre for BITS Medical

A HOST of medical services will be on offer when BITS Medical Centre develops a new, enlarged centre at Boyne Island.

Dr Gaston Boulanger and his wife Nicole Dickhaut have bought a large block of land on the corner of Hayes and Wyndham Aves, and their hope is to have a new centre built within the next 18 months.

The couple's plan is to create a "one-stop shop" centre in the planned building which will be three times the size of the current centre.

"Our hope is that, as well as housing a GP clinic, the new facility will have allied health, imaging and pathology services," said Dr Boulanger.

"We want to make the centre as convenient as possible for our patients," said Dr Boulanger.

The couple opened the BITS Medical Centre seven years ago.

Initially there were two doctors, but these days six doctors look after the centre's growing list of patients.

"It's a very tight space," said Ms Dickhaut, whose office has been reduced to tiny proportions.

While the couple is currently negotiating with several medical practitioners, they are keen to hear from other allied health practitioners who could be interested in moving into the new centre.

"It would be great if a chemist or a dentist were to join us - that would then give us a full one-stop opportunity for our patients," said Dr Boulanger.

Once the couple know the level of interest they will be able to start on designing the building to suit.

The sloping site provides an opportunity to build a

multi-level facility with a lower-level entrance to the GP clinic off Hayes Ave and an upper level for other health services off Wyndham Ave.

While the majority of the centre's patients are from the Boyne Island and Tannum Sands area, 30% travel from Gladstone. Others visit the clinic from Miriam Vale, Mt Larcom and Agnes Water.

"We're bursting at the seams at the moment. This development will mean we can give our patients a better service in more comfortable surroundings," said Ms Dickhaut.

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