Clinic open

Wick­ham health ser­vice here to stay

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

Wick­ham’s new health clinic opened this month and the head of the or­gan­i­sa­tion run­ning the fa­cil­ity says they are in it for the long haul.

Staff and ex­ec­u­tives of 360 Health had a small open­ing cer­e­mony to of­fi­cially be­gin ser­vice at the much-needed com­mu­nity health fa­cil­ity.

360 Health chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Hersey said key ar­eas of fo­cus would be pro­vi­sion of gen­eral prac­ti­tion­ers and sup­port for men­tal health and chronic dis­ease man­age­ment.

“As a char­ity we are in the busi­ness of plug­ging gaps and work­ing with the com­mu­nity to fill those needs,” he said.

“We have a track record of go­ing into com­mu­ni­ties and not leav­ing.

“We don’t really care about the iron ore price or con­struc­tion cy­cle, we’re here to pro­vide a ser­vice and will be here as long as the com­mu­nity needs it.”

Mr Hersey said a sim­i­lar clinic was on track to open in Dampier next year.

Prac­tice nurse Ann Flynn said ease of ac­cess was the big­gest ben­e­fit for the com­mu­nity in the new ser­vice.

“It can be sim­ple things like not hav­ing enough petrol to get into Kar­ratha which can put peo­ple off go­ing to a doc­tor,” she said.

“We are across the road from the shop­ping cen­tre and peo­ple can walk here very eas­ily.

“With a male and fe­male GP on board we can cater to all the needs of the com­mu­nity.”

The clinic is next door to the Wick­ham St John Am­bu­lance sub cen­tre on Mulga Way.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Helena Rivers, Ann Flynn, Paul Hersey, Martin Ku­mar, Brenda Ryan and Brad Green­sill.

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