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Southbank Medical Clinic

As former residents of Southbank, Dr Peter Bennett and Dr Mansi Patel knew exactly just how much the area was crying out for quality medical services.

When initially scouting a location for their first clinic, Dr Bennett said the pair could think of no better place to set up shop.

“We knew it was really hard to find a doctor and there was no medical services around, so that’s when we picked this spot,” he said.

“We’d both lived here before so it was perfect for us because we knew what sort of people would be coming to our clinic and the population we’d be catering to.”

Since graduating from Monash University in 2007, Dr Bennett made the switch to general practice having undertaken surgical specialties at hospitals in both Melbourne and Gippsland.

Having also worked in ICU at both metropolitan and rural hospitals, Dr Patel moved to Melbourne from New Zealand in 2007 after graduating from Otago University in 2006.

Dr Bennett said he and Dr Patel were committed to providing Southbank with the highest level of care and range of services possible.

“We’re running the clinic ourselves. We’re owner operated,” he said. “And we’re the ones that are here. We’re not getting anyone else to do it. We’re just here Monday to Friday and Saturday mornings.”

“Plus a lot of patients will prefer either a male or a female doctor so it’s worked out quite well when people come in they can ask for either one and we’re able to offer both.”

On top of providing both specialised men and women’s health services, Southbank Medical Clinic offers all general health services from preventative medicine and mental health to weight-loss medicine and skin cancer checks.

Within its brand new state-of-the-art Sturt St facilities, the clinic consists of six spacious consultation rooms, with the intention of expanding its services to house multiples GPs and allied-health professionals in the future.  

While the clinic is still in its very early stages, Dr Patel said the response from the community has been overwhelmingly supportive.

“They’re really supportive. The community has been really nice,” she said. “Even yesterday, the last patient that left said ‘I’m so glad you guys opened here’.”

“We don’t live in the area anymore but it feels like we are living here, because we’re here everyday so it’s like a second home.”

Southbank Medical Clinic is a private billing clinic located 151 Sturt St, Southbank.
www.southbankmedicalclinic.com.au

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