Patients in Murray Bridge are experiencing the benefits of improved facilities at the Murray Bridge Day Night Surgery with the expansion of the clinic thanks to funding through the Federal Government’s Rural General Practice Grants program.

Member for Barker, Tony Pasin today officially opened extensions which were partly funded via a contribution of $140,000 from the Coalition Government.

“Better facilities allow more doctors, nurses and other health workers to get hands-on training in general practices in regional areas like Murray Bridge. It also offers incentives for more trained staff and doctors to come and work and live here permanently. That’s the aim of the Rural General Practice Grants program” said Mr Pasin.

The Murray Bridge Day Night Surgery is amongst 67 that were offered grants across the nation, with a total of $13.1 million under the Government’s Rural General Practice Grants program.

Successful practices match the amount of their grants to undertake their projects.

“The Government supports a strong primary care workforce that can meet our future healthcare needs.

“Improving access to doctors and other health professionals in rural and regional Australia is a priority for our long term national health plan,” said Mr Pasin.

The Murray Bridge Day Night Surgery is a GP owned practice providing community-based health care services to the community of Murray Bridge and the surrounding regional areas. The practice opened in November 2015, and has expanded to accommodate community need and currently supports six full time GPs.

Murray Bridge Day Night Surgery GPs are supported by a Practice Manager, Registered Nurses, Chronic Disease Management Nurse, Aboriginal Health Practitioner, Reception, Pathology and Podiatry services. It is a bulk-billing practice and is accredited with Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited.

The surgery was recently a finalist in the AGPAL Rural and Remote General Practice of the Year Awards for Australia, and the only South Australian surgery nominated.