A&E clinic could lead to 24-hour cen­tre


Ur­gent Care Franklin (UCF) could be the first step to­ward open­ing a 24-hour emer­gency med­i­cal fa­cil­ity in Pukekohe.

Dr Creasan Reddy is one of the doc­tors at the helm of the new ac­ci­dent and emer­gency clinic on Manukau Rd which will open from July 1.

Reddy said the rea­son there’s a need for ur­gent care med­i­cal ser­vices in Franklin was be­cause around 50 per cent of res­i­dents in the area were not reg­is­tered with a lo­cal GP.

UCF would not be en­rolling pa­tients and would pro­vide a walk-in ser­vice open be­tween 8am-8pm, seven days a week.

As Franklin’s pop­u­la­tion in­creased, health care needed to im­prove, Reddy said.

‘‘We’re want­ing the health care to evolve dy­nam­i­cally as well.’’

The long-term goal, Reddy said, was to build a spe­cial pur­posed-built ac­ci­dent and emer­gency fa­cil­ity in Pukekohe.

‘‘We’re want­ing to be fo­cused more on al­most be­com­ing a 24-hour emer­gency depart­ment rather than just a ac­ci­den­tal and med­i­cal clinic.’’

Reddy said UCF had al­ready at­tracted of­fers from ur­gent care spe­cial­ist to work at the clinic.

‘‘We’ve come up with quite a lot of peo­ple who would like to work in Pukekohe who are ac­tu­ally emer­gency medicine trained.’’

Reddy has a back­ground in emer­gency medicine hav­ing prac­tised it in South Africa and while work­ing for the White Cross Group in Auck­land.

Last month, Pukekohe Fam­ily Health Care an­nounced it would close its ac­ci­dent and med­i­cal clinic from July 1, af­ter op­erat- ing for more than 20 years. It is cur­rently Pukekohe’s only oper­at­ing A&M clinic.

Dif­fi­culty in re­cruit­ing doc­tors to the A&M clinic was cited as one of the main rea­sons for the its clo­sure.

Reddy said it made sense to ex­pand med­i­cal ser­vices in Franklin af­ter the clinic’s clo­sure.

‘‘A lot of our pa­tients that go from here to Mid­dle­more Hos­pi­tal for ex­am­ple could be man­aged in the com­mu­nity if we had the re­sources.

‘‘It’s some­thing we’ve al­ways dreamed of do­ing, it’s just that the tim­ing is right now.’’

Mid­dle­more’s emer­gency depart­ment was al­ready at ca­pac­ity, Reddy said.

‘‘We’re hav­ing prob­lems get­ting up the road, it’s not just up the road any­more - it’s two hours be­fore you get to Mid­dle­more these days with traf­fic.’’

The clinic would be pri­vately funded for the mo­ment, Reddy said, and a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Coun­ties Manukau District Health Board could be on the hori­zon to help es­tab­lish an emer­gency 24-hour fa­cil­ity in Pukekohe.

Dr Cre­as­san Ready said 50 per cent of peo­ple in Franklin aren’t en­rolled with a lo­cal GP.

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