Doc is back in Mt Perry
FOR Mt Perry residents, the doctor is back in after five months without a GP.
Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board member Joy Jensen said Mt Perry’s 600 residents had relied on Gin Gin doctors to visit the town each week or fortnight.
“Gin Gin has grown considerably. The doctor became overcommitted work-wise and struggled to get to Mt Perry and stopped the clinic,” Ms Jensen said.
“A fair bit of work has been done to get a doctor back to provide a clinic in Mt Perry.”
Dr Ali, who now has a colleague working with him, would continue to provide the service, she said.
“Plus, there are two new doctors in Gin Gin, which is helping the situation in Mt Perry indirectly.”
Nigel French, chairman of the Mt Perry Hospital’s community advisory committee, said visits had restarted five or six weeks ago, and it was important to “stay positive”.
“The situation has been beyond everyone’s control and will take time to resolve,” he said.
To assist the clinic, it was helpful to book one week in advance.
“What we were doing was to put a note around town asking people to book the appointment at the Gin Gin surgery, and let (the clinic) know to have it here.”