Doc is back in Mt Perry

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.”

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