Residents in Bonny Hills will get a pharmacy, medical centre and dentist in town from May, 2019

EXCITING TIMES: Michael McCormack, Dr David Gillespie, Karen Pikett, Lisa Ellis, Kylie Ramsay, Debra Makin  ready for the new pharmacy.
EXCITING TIMES: Michael McCormack, Dr David Gillespie, Karen Pikett, Lisa Ellis, Kylie Ramsay, Debra Makin ready for the new pharmacy.

Bonny Hills residents will no longer have to travel to Laurieton or Lake Cathie for a pharmacy after securing one of their own.

The announcement of a pharmacy - which is expected to open in early May, 2019 - comes after a nine month fight which included getting more than 3000 signatures petitioning the federal government to allow the proposal.

The pharmacy also comes as part of a new medical and health centre and dentist at the Bonny Hills Shopping Centre which is expected to transform the site into a community hub.

Karen Pikett, owner of Lake Cathie Pharmacy and the new pharmacy at Bonny Hills, said the development of the medical hub would be great for the community.

"The community of Bonny Hills will be able to access medical treatment in its entirety without leaving the suburb, which is a great relief for many elderly, sick and those with young infants," Mrs Pikett said.

"This project got off the ground because there is a real need in the local community for a pharmacy and with the population growth expected in the coming years it made sense to have something like this in Bonny Hills created now."

Ms Pikett said the three new medical providers at the Bonny Hills Shopping Centre will help the local economy.

"If you are sick even travelling to Lake Cathie can to be too far, so to have something closer to home will be fantastic," she said.

"As a pharmacy we are on the front line and people come and ask our advice and when the medical centre is open if necessary we will be able to direct them to help straight away.

"The pharmacy will also provide timely access to PBS medicines along with other essential services such as medication reviews, chronic disease services and compliance aids."

Visiting Bonny Hills on April 16, federal member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie and deputy prime minister Michael McCormack made the announcement.

"We recognise the significant growth taking place here in Lake Cathie and Bonny Hills," Mr McCormack said.

"The population grew by more than 17 percent in the ten years since 2006, well above the state average of 14.2 percent over the same period."

Under the Location Rules, Bonny Hills falls just inside the exclusion zone in relation to where another pharmacy may be located, Dr Gillespie said.

"I have had a number of discussions with the Minister for Health Greg Hunt and his office about the need for a pharmacy in Bonny Hills," Dr Gillespie said.

"I was able to demonstrate this with the population data we have seen in recent years, the demographics of our local population, and the growth forecasts for the next 15 to 20 years to secure this pharmacy."

From the middle of May the Bonny Hills Shopping Centre will contain the full medical centre and pharmacy, dentist, café, hair salon and children's clothing store.

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