Country practice takes on a new look in Nagambie
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.