Over the past 10 years the Lake Cathie Medical Centre has experienced significant growth along with its surrounding area.
It’s been 10 years since the centre was officially opened on January 8 in 2009.
The then Member for Port Macquarie Peter Besseling, Dr Lorraine Evans, manager Nicole Lewis-Bain, Dr Sam Nelapati and Robert Oakeshott, former member for Lyne were at the official opening.
On the day Mr Oakeshott said the new practice represented a great boost to primary health care in the Camden Haven and marked an important milestone in the process of expanding community access to GP services.
Lake Cathie Medical Centre owner Sam Nelapati said he couldn’t have anticipated the speed at which the population has grown over the past decade.
“I know a lot of elderly people bought in this area specifically because of the centre,” he said.
The centre initially opened with two general practitioners and now has 13 on site.
Dr Nelapati said there are 30 staff who work on the grounds of the centre.
The centre continues to grow after it received the green light for the development for a hydrotherapy pool, physiotherapy practice and rehabilitation centre.
The development application was approved by the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council in 2018.
Dr Nelapati said there have been a few exciting incidents over the years, including a surprise birth for a staff member.
“It’s been an enjoyable ride,” he said.
“Credit to all the wonderful and professional staff who have worked here over the 10 years.”
Dr Nelapati said in the future he hopes the centre will develop even further to cater for hospice and palliative care.
There are also plans to have a centre based at Bonny Hills to cater for the growing population in the area.