Local property guru Tim Kirby was asked to predict what would happen to property value if most of this medical core moves away. "It is a bit of an unknown quantity at this stage, but I think people must not get uptight," he said.
Innis Erasmus, of Pro Physio Inc., is very excited about the long-term prospects of the move because of the ever-increasing demand for medical services.
For general practitioners the relocation of the hospital is not as critical. Dr Dawie Augustyn, chairman of the general practitioners' association, said George is fast turning into a big city and more hospital beds are needed urgently. "Mediclinic has wanted to start a cardiac unit, but has been constrained by space. An additional unit would also mean more new doctors and more traffic."
A patient of his recently had to wait three days to be admitted to Mediclinic because of a shortage of beds.