Doctor’s surgery moves into motor inn
An Auckland doctor’s surgery severely damaged by fire has moved into a nearby motor inn.
Mt Albert’s Four Kauri Family Medical Centre on New North Rd was gutted by an early morning fire on May 28.
The medical centre has now moved across the road to Mt Albert Motor Inn where it will operate until a decision is made on the future of the damaged building.
It’s been a stressful few weeks for staff from the medical centre who have transformed four of the motel’s units into consultation rooms, a nurses’ office, reception and staff room.
Dr Sarah Stewart, who works at the centre, says the move took longer than expected with staff working long hours to get the centre’s computer system and phone lines working again.
‘‘We’re getting back to business and we feel we can do routine things now,’’ she says. ‘‘It’s strange being in a motel but it’s working very well.’’
Stewart says after the fire the centre had offers to use rooms at a nearby church and a recreation centre but staff instead chose the motor inn due to its privacy and availability long term.
Room seven of the motor inn serves as the surgery’s front reception area and the bedroom is now a doctor’s consultation room.
Next door is a nurses’ office which has been fitted with new curtains and screens to ensure the privacy of patients.
Stewart, who has worked at the surgery for 20 years, says the staff are having to adapt to the small space and are considering the possi- bility of setting up a third doctor’s consultation room.
Reception staff have been working long hours organising and reassuring patients.
Fire investigator Russell Dickson says the early morning blaze was caused by the surgery’s old air conditioning unit overheating.
He says the fire ‘‘severely damaged’’ the reception area but the back consulting rooms were not affected.
The fate of the damaged building will be known by the end of the month, Stewart says.
The surgery has served the Mt Albert community from the building for more than 60 years. Stewart says staff are grateful for the support they’ve received from their patients.
getting tremendous support for our patients and kind sentiments,’’ she says.
‘‘It means a lot because we are trying hard to get everything working again.’’
Gwyn Bedford in the medical centre’s new reception area.