Health cen­tre tran­si­tion leaves pa­tients with­out doc­tors

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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