Clinic moves GP, nursing services to Karratha
The Pilbara Health Network’s Wickham Primary Health Care Centre has relocated its general practitioner and nursing services to Karratha’s new super clinic.
Allied and mental health services will still be offered at the centre.
Pilbara Health Network chief executive Jo Haplin said she announced the news with “deep sadness”.
“We have continually tried to make the clinic viable and sustainable, but with the opening of a second medical centre in opposition to us within the town and with the decrease in population, this quest is no longer feasible,” she said.
The Pilbara Health Network is a not-for-profit organisation which has maintained GP services in the town since the closure of Gemini Medical in October 2010.
“We started with locum doctors, then appointed a permanent GP, Dr Lulu Ntloko, in July 2011 who has looked after the Wickham community ever since,” Ms Haplin said.
Wickham Community Association president Fiona White-Hartig said Pilbara Health Network’s decision should be respected.
“It’s like anything or any business — some choose to stay and some choose to go,” she said.
Rigby’s Physiotherapy will continue to operate out of Wickham, however Dr Ntloko will move her services to Karratha on April 4.