Moura will fi­nally get a new medic

Central Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - Vanessa Jarrett Vanessa.Jarrett@cen­tral­tele­

A SEC­OND doctor has been of­fi­cially ap­pointed to work per­ma­nently in Moura.

The Moura hospi­tal’s only doctor, Dr Isuru Ga­m­age, has been work­ing on his own for more than five years.

In those years, locum doc­tors have come and gone, how­ever it has been a con­stant bat­tle for the Central Queens­land Hospi­tal and Health Ser­vice to find a per­ma­nent doctor to al­le­vi­ate Dr Ga­m­age’s work­load.

This week, the health ser­vice an­nounced Dr Ra­japack­ian would be start­ing in late Oc­to­ber.

Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for Glad­stone and Banana Joanne Glover said hospi­tal staff were very ex­cited to have found a sec­ond doctor.

“This is great news as it will en­hance con­ti­nu­ity of care for pa­tients, al­le­vi­ate pres­sure on the ex­ist­ing doctor and en­hance hospi­tal ef­fi­cien­cies, as it will re­duce the need to con­tin­u­ously con­duct ori­en­ta­tions and doc­u­men­ta­tion as­so­ci­ated with se­cur­ing and in­duct­ing new locums,” she said.

“We ex­pect it will bring more sta­bil­ity to the hospi­tal op­er­a­tions, which is pos­i­tive news for CQHHS and the com­mu­nity.”

Ms Glover said the health ser­vice saw the need for a sec­ond doctor in the ru­ral com­mu­nity of Moura as a pri­or­ity.

“There has been a need for a per­ma­nent sec­ond doctor for about seven years, af­ter the de­par­ture of the then-sec­ond doctor,” she said.

“There are 1800 res­i­dents in Moura and the doc­tors also pro­vide med­i­cals to the mines and mine work­ers in the re­gion.”

Dr Ra­japack­ian is a med­i­cal of­fi­cer who has worked in Quean­beyan, NSW, and the UK.

“He will have right of prac­tice, op­er­at­ing be­tween 8am and 5pm at the med­i­cal cen­tre on cam­pus at Moura Com­mu­nity Hospi­tal, and be on call to the hospi­tal out­side busi­ness hours,” Ms Glover said.


MORE THAN WEL­COME: There will be a sec­ond doctor for the Moura hospi­tal come Oc­to­ber. Dr Ga­m­age has been Moura’s sole doctor for seven years.

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