THE Pottsville Healthone integrated health centre will be opened this Friday by the NSW Minister for Health Jillian Skinner.
The centre will provide primary and community health services for Pottsville residents and will cut down on travel time to Tweed Heads for those in need of constant health care.
North Coast Area Health Services Tweed Byron Network manager Athol Webb said Pottsville residents would be happy to see the clinic's doors open for the first time.
"The community have been the driving force behind this," he said.
"It's a Healthone model which is collaboration between GPs and other health providers to provide holistic care.
"Generally people who needed community health would have had to travel to either Murwillumbah or Tweed."
The particular focus of the new health centre will be on older people, families with young children, and disadvantaged groups.
In comparison with the NSW average, the Tweed Coast has greater numbers of children under the age of 14 and people aged 55 and over. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people represent 3.4% of Tweed Coast population, higher than the state average of 2.1%.
The new Healthone will no doubt help curb demand for health services and many in the small town will be cheering at the news that the opening is imminent.
Mr Webb said that he expected the opening of Healthone at 9.30am would be well attended by Pottsville community members.