Hol­i­day rush over for our doc­tors

Time to book in to clin­ics

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IF YOU were a new pa­tient try­ing to make an ap­point­ment to see a doc­tor dur­ing the Christ­mas hol­i­days in Bund­aberg, chances are you would have found it tough.

With lim­ited spa­ces avail­able at clin­ics as doc­tors also en­joyed the Christ­mas break, at­tempt­ing to find a GP may have left you feel­ing more than a lit­tle un­well.

While it may not pro­vide any re­lief to those who suf­fered through hol­i­days, the good news is that clin­ics are now start­ing to re­open their books to new pa­tients.

Aus­tralian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion Queens­land pres­i­dent Bill Boyd said all ser­vices, in­clud­ing health ser­vices, run on skele­ton staff dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son.

“At the same time, health ser­vices are staffed 24/7 in Queens­land and, if some­one is really sick, they will be looked af­ter,” he said.

“Peo­ple tend to go to

emer­gency de­part­ments with rel­a­tively mi­nor com­plaints, so they have to wait.

“There’s plenty of sick peo­ple who turn up at th­ese de­part­ments and they get seen first.

“But if peo­ple wait long enough, they will get seen.”

The NewsMail spoke to staff at some Bund­aberg surg­eries who said they did not ac­cept new pa­tients dur­ing the fes­tive pe­riod and many of the lim­ited ap­point­ments were quickly snapped up by vis­i­tors.

Any­one look­ing for a doc­tor now, Bund­aberg’s Aber­dovy clinic has two new doc­tors and is tak­ing new pa­tients, as is Mill­bank Med­i­cal Prac­tice in town and at its See St lo­ca­tion in Bar­gara.

The Fam­ily Prac­tice at Su­gar­land is tak­ing new pa­tients from Jan­uary 22 and the Fam­ily Prac­tice at Hin­kler will see new pa­tients from Fe­bru­ary.

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