There are more than 60 general practices in and around the City of Greater Bendigo.
As of Monday, a new clinic will join their midst.
The Spring Gully Primary Health will fill the void left by the closure of the Spring Gully Medical Clinic about a year ago.
Three familiar faces will feature at the new clinic, which will be open weekdays from 9am until 5pm.
Doctor Rosario Palaypayon, who patients might know from Strathfieldsaye Primary Health, will practice at Spring Gully three days a week.
Doctor Kirstin Richardson, a Spring Gully resident, will see patients at the new clinic one day a week. She also works at the Bendigo Primary Care Centre.
Doctor Adel Asaid, one of St Anthony’s Family Medical Practice’s leaders, completes the trio.
“We are very excited to welcome everyone,” Dr Palaypayon said.
Specialties of the three general practitioners include women’s health, paediatrics, men’s health, aged care and travel vaccinations.
The clinic is located at 126 Spring Gully Road, Spring Gully.
It falls within the central Victoria region of Murray Primary Health Network, which encompasses the City of Greater Bendigo, Loddon, Campaspe, Mount Alexander and Gannawarra municipalities.
Responsibility for Macedon residents is shared with North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network.
The six local government areas have a combined population of about 225,834 people, more than 100,000 of whom reside in Greater Bendigo.
Murray PHN chief executive officer Matt Jones said it was vital the region’s growth was matched with a strong network of primary care, particularly general practice.
“As the general population of Bendigo increases, so does the ageing population and those with chronic and complex health conditions,” he said.
“Each new medical service provides easier access for patients in a local area and I am sure the residents of Spring Gully will welcome new GPs in their suburb, filling a gap in existing services.”