Health centre transition leaves patients without doctors
A Karratha health facility has been left with no doctors as it changes hands in an attempt to improve capacity and services at the clinic. Several residents contacted the
Pilbara News last Friday, saying Pilbara Health Network’s Karratha Central Healthcare had no doctors on hand for check-ups and they had been told there would be no doctors present for a month.
In May, PHN announced the signing of Geraldton-based health service provider Panaceum Group to assist with management of the facility.
Panaceum chief executive Richard Sykes said management was in discussions with third parties to bring in new GP services.
“Once that is finalised, we will hopefully be up to providing a centre which is supplying significant GP numbers for the community,” he said. “Unfortunately, from a timing perspective, it is not ideal, but it is not worth engaging locums for such a short period.
“It has probably taken a few weeks longer than we had wanted, but we are hoping to have it sorted in the next few weeks.”
Mr Sykes said arrangements had been made to ensure clinical governance such as patient test results was still being ticked off in the interim.
Other services in the clinic are operating as usual.
Pilbara Health Network has been contacted for comment.