New GP Clinic Service Provider at Portarlington

Bellarine Community Health (BCH) and Epichealth have today announced a new partnership to provide General Practice (GP) services from the BCH site in Portarlington.

The partnership sees Epichealth take over the day-to-day and financial operations of the GP clinic, while BCH will continue to run the allied health and social support services from the Fenwick Street site.

“BCH has been unable to recruit more GPs to grow the clinic in Portarlington which is necessary to provide greater service to the community and keep the clinic viable,” said BCH CEO Garry Ellis. “As a result, it is no longer sustainable for BCH to run the clinic, so we have sought out a trusted provider of GP services to partner with.”

The decision to partner with Epichealth will enable BCH to improve its financial position, whilst maintaining and expanding access to high quality GP services for the local community.

Epichealth is a well-established and respected private family practice which began operating in Ocean Grove 15 years ago. They now employee 16 doctors across multiple sites.

“Our larger pool of staff means we have the capacity to support all our clinics which will provide a more sustainable service for the local community,” said Epichealth’s Jeremy Forrester.

“Epichealth is a community minded GP provider and is focused on maintaining and growing high quality GP services for people in the Portarlington area.”

BCH will work with Epichealth to transition the clinic operations and support patients through the process and has every confidence that Epichealth will provide outstanding GP services for the community.

Current clients of the GP clinic have been informed of the change of provider and existing clinic staff have been offered ongoing employment with Epichealth.

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