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Launching into new medical era

Launching into new medical era
Published 6 February 2017
A $21-million medical clinic development at Elizabeth provides launch pad for Playford’s CBD of the North project.

A $21-million medical clinic development at Elizabeth provides launch pad for Playford’s CBD of the North project.^ Dr Jim Kosmas is looking forward to development of a $21-million medical facility at Elizabeth. Photo: Rob McLean One hundred and fifty full-time jobs are to be created through a major medical facility project expected to prompt ongoing growth in the north.GPaxis Medical Group director Dr Jim Kosmas is excited by the $21-million project, part of the City of Playford’s CBD of the North, as it will send a positive message about living and working in Playford.“I feel it is a very important development for the north and it will encourage investment, provide economic stimulus and provide jobs growth, which I think is a high priority,” Dr Kosmas said.“We hope that by investing and showing confidence in the north this will encourage further private investment and allow the City of Playford to further continue its development plans.”The CBD of the North project encompasses the redevelopment of Prince George Plaza, a $35-million ice-sports facility, offices and a potential hotel project.Dr Kosmas said the prominent Main North Road site has much potential.“This medical facility is in a very important location in the north,” Dr Kosmas said.“It’s got a lot of history and it’s near the Elizabeth City Centre and other important community and government facilities.“We want to put something there that stands out and is welcoming and provides comprehensive and accessible care for the community.” The five-storey building will provide access to GPs, as well as specialists and allied health practitioners.Through the development, GPaxis Medical Group is hoping to take pressure off the nearby Lyell McEwin Hospital by providing services such as after-hours GP visits and potentially day surgery facilities.There will also be 1.5 storeys of car-parking for staff and clients.GPaxis Medical Group has been providing health services in Playford for over 20 years.Practices were started in Andrews Farm and Blakeview in 1995 and then Smithfield in 2008, before the group took ownership of the Womma Clinic building at Elizabeth Park in 2014 and refurbishing it as the Elizabeth Park Medical Clinic.The City of Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty said the facility will be a significant part of the CBD of the North project.“We would welcome a new multi-storey development that would fit in with our northern CBD,” Mayor Docherty said.“We’ve been working hard to bring private investment and new jobs to our community and this shows there’s real confidence in Elizabeth.“This is the first of many, new exciting announcements to come.” Medical access The GPaxis facility will access to a number of allied health services: Podiatry, physiotherapy, radiology, pharmacy, orthopaedic surgeons, cardiologists, psychiatrists, skin clinic and sleep specialists.