The new waiting area at Middle Island Medical Clinic doesn’t feel clinical, in fact, it’s designed specifically to make you feel relaxed and remove any anxiousness about seeing your doctor.
Complete with a watercolour painted by local artist Susan Sambell, the area marks the completion of stage two of a grand plan to transform the old Royal Hotel in Warrnambool into a multipurpose health hub.
GP partners and owners Dr Ami Theiss and Dr Campbell McKellar are pleased to have completed the first stage of their renovations and hope patients will appreciate the changes.
“It’s exciting and exhausting but we’re happy to be open in such short time.” Dr Thiess said.
“Because of the size of the building the opportunities are endless. We’d like to start discussions with allied health and ideally attract other practitioners to the building, at least on a sessional basis, so patients can stay here all in the same building.”
Ultimately the pair hopes to fill what was the pool room with a multipurpose space.
“We’d like to use the space for pilates, special interest classes, and for usage by external medical groups,” Dr Theiss said.
“Our overall vision is to create a medical hub, a clinic which educates on healthy living and then allows you to walk to the cafe and eat healthy food for the whole family.”
As part of the vision for the centre, Dr Theiss hopes to fill the old corner bar of the Royal Hotel with a healthy eating cafe.
“In the next six to 12 months we hope to have the right staff to translate our vision of healthy meals. It will be based on the Mediterranean diet and will avoid being fad dieting.” she said.
“We’d love to be giving patients advice about living a healthy lifestyle and then allowing them to experience healthy eating whilst they’re here as well.”