Clinic moves GP, nurs­ing ser­vices to Kar­ratha

Pilbara News - - News - Louise Alling­ham

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.

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