Wickham health service here to stay
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.
Helena Rivers, Ann Flynn, Paul Hersey, Martin Kumar, Brenda Ryan and Brad Greensill.