Two new doc­tors join cen­tre

Narrogin Observer - - Observer News - Laura Gru­bisa

Two new doc­tors have ar­rived from the UK and are ready to help at John Parry Med­i­cal Cen­tre.

Doc­tors Brendon Par­mar and Rhona Mar­ques ar­rived in WA three weeks ago af­ter se­cur­ing po­si­tions in Nar­ro­gin through Ru­ral Health West.

The mar­ried cou­ple said they wanted to move to a re­gional lo­ca­tion in Aus­tralia be­cause they could not get the same coun- try ex­pe­ri­ence in the UK. “There’s no re­mote­ness at home, you don’t get the same ge­og­ra­phy in Bri­tain as you do here,” Dr Par­mar said.

“Here we’re look­ing af­ter pa­tients in the med­i­cal cen­tre, hos­pi­tal, emer­gency ward, and through all stages of life.”

The ap­point­ment of two new doc­tors at the med­i­cal cen­tre means there are now more doc­tors than rooms. This opens up the ac­cess to pa­tients, mean­ing more peo­ple can be seen daily.

Dr Par­mar is heav­ily in­ter­ested in emer­gency treat­ment which is ev­i­dent from his work in Sierra Leone in 2014 and 2015 when he as­sisted with Ebola treat­ment dur­ing the out­break. “It was a dis­as­ter within a dis­as­ter,” he said.

“Ebola was killing thou­sands of peo­ple and a whole gen­er­a­tion were un­e­d­u­cated as ev­ery­thing was shut.

“When I got there nine in 10 pa­tients died and when I left six out of 10 in the cen­tre would sur­vive, so the rate of death was down to 40 per cent.”

Dr Mar­ques did her ju­nior train­ing in Lon­don and fur­ther train­ing in York­shire where she had been work­ing be­fore mov­ing to Nar­ro­gin. She has a spe­cial in­ter­est in men­tal health and aims to give pa­tients the time they need.

The med­i­cal cen­tre sees their ap­point­ments as a coup for the com­mu­nity and they aim to keep them busy dur­ing their time in Nar­ro­gin.

Pic­ture: Laura Gru­bisa

New doc­tors Rhona Mar­ques and Bren­don Par­mar join Dr Nigel Chikolwa, Dr Alan Ker­ri­gan, Dr Ma­riet Job, Dr Pe­ter Beaton and Dr Nnaji Nwoko at John Parry Med­i­cal Cen­tre.

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