Coun­try prac­tice takes on a new look in Nagam­bie

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS - By DIANE GRANT

DR Ab­dul Atif has taken over as prin­ci­pal med­i­cal provider of the Church Street Coun­try Prac­tice in Nagam­bie.

The fa­mil­iar prac­tice staff have all re­mained with Dr Atif, re­cep­tion­ists Fay Hate­ley, Sarah Jane Klein, Tanya Sul­li­van and Rose­mary Harst­edt, along with nurses Ta­mara Ruther­ford and San­dra Win­ter-Irv­ing and new prac­tice man­ager Kathryn Coll.

Dr Atif has been in the Nagam­bie med­i­cal prac­tice for two years and has been a wel­come mem­ber of the med­i­cal pro­fes­sion in the com­mu­nity and Nagam­bie Health­care fa­cil­i­ties next door.

He has earnt the re­spect of his pa­tients and staff and hopes to carry on the very high pro­fes­sional ser­vices that the cen­tre has been known for over the past few years.

Dr Atif earned his MBBS in Pak­istan, then he worked in Eng­land and Ire­land where he be­came a mem­ber of the Royal Col­lege of Sur­geons (MRCS).

He has also worked in Ade­laide as a se­nior reg­is­trar in an In­ten­sive Care Unit (ICU) and also in Emer­gency Medicine.

Dr Atif was also the driv­ing force be­hind the es­tab­lish­ment of Tristar Med­i­cal in Kialla near Shep­par­ton.

Dr Ab­dul Atif has been con­grat­u­lated by the Nagam­bie peo­ple on hav­ing faith in the com­mu­nity by stay­ing in the med­i­cal prac­tice and pro­vid­ing con­ti­nu­ity that is re­quired in a small coun­try prac­tice.

Staff wel­comed Dr Chi­ran­jal Saikia (to be called Dr Sunny) into the Nagam­bie Med­i­cal Cen­tre re­cently.

He will be work­ing five days a week and will be there long term.

Dr Atif and the clinic staff were very ex­cited to have him start­ing work along­side them this week.

Dr Saikia will be liv­ing lo­cally and is look­ing for­ward to be­ing part of the Nagam­bie com­mu­nity.

Dr Atif is con­fi­dent Nagam­bie res­i­dents will make him feel wel­come as he set­tles into life in Nagam­bie.

The new doc­tor will be al­lo­cated longer ap­point­ment times so that he can spend qual­ity time and get to know about his pa­tients.

Dr Atif hopes that a third doc­tor will join the coun­try prac­tice soon, who hope­fully may be a fe­male one.

Dr Saikia de­tails about his pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence in­clude over 10 years ex­pe­ri­ence in gen­eral and crit­i­cal care medicine, in­clud­ing over­seas and Aus­tralia.

“I did start my work in emer­gency medicine and crit­i­cal care in western Syd­ney Health net­work in 2010,” he said.

“I have been ex­ten­sively as­so­ci­ated with aged care medicine and pae­di­atric emer­gency since 2004 on­wards.

“Re­cently I was also in­volved in af­ter hours gen­eral prac­tice ser­vice around western Syd­ney through the na­tional home doc­tor ser­vice.

“I was in­volved in some pae­di­atric re­search projects with the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion and the Blum­berg School of Trop­i­cal Medicine in the USA.

“I have been cher­ish­ing a sin­cere de­sire to con­trib­ute to­wards ru­ral com­mu­nity health by ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion in health pro­mo­tion, ed­u­ca­tion, and through ef­fec­tive screening for com­mon health haz­ards among ru­ral pop­u­la­tions.”

Dr Atif and Dr Saikia are most wel­come to as­sist in the health of all those in the com­mu­nity.

HERE TO STAY: Dr Ab­dul Atif has taken over as prin­ci­pal med­i­cal provider at Coun­try Prac­tice. IN­SET: New doc­tor Chi­ran­jal Saikia (Dr Sunny) with Dr Atif.

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