Now we just need a doctor
Construction starts on Ulong and Eastern Dorrigo clinical space
IT’S the talk of the town and deservedly so.
After a lot of advocating and hard work, building has begun on the Ulong and Eastern Dorrigo Clinical space.
Valley local and businesswoman Carol Cleary has been the driving force behind this project for the community.
“We started the build of the Ulong and Eastern Dorrigo Clinical space last Monday at the Ulong hall, through funding provided by North Coast Primary Health Network as well as donations from the Eastern Dorrigo Community Group and council,” Carol said.
“It’s so exciting. We are a step closer to having our goal realised.
“We currently have a regular visit from Coffs Harbour Tafe nurses on the first Tuesday of every month and we’re hoping once the clinic has been established it will prove to other medical professions – doctors, women’s and men’s health and mental health professionals as well as auxiliary services – to join the nurses on a monthly basis and utilise the privacy of the clinical space to bring a greater service to the residents of the Eastern Dorrigo.
“Lisa and her team of Tafe nurses are fantastic. She is a registered nurse and brings trainee nurses with her – it’s a win-win for everyone.
“The community is so appreciative of their support and it provides a perfect training ground.
“In the short time the nurses have been visiting they have already flagged some medical issues with locals who have gone on to see a GP and possibly circumvented major issues happening. All we need now is a doctor in the valley.”
Carol and the community are hoping a Coffs Coast doctor will see the benefits of visiting the valley, even if it’s just once a month.
“The hall committee is in the process of purchasing all the furniture, so now that we have a clinical space for private and confidential consultations all we need is a GP,” she said.
“If there’s a GP coming from a Coffs Coast practice they could use this an an outreach clinic.
“From a business perspective, this model is ideal. There are no overheads, no outgoings for rent, utilities or upkeep and they can work alongside Lisa and the Tafe nurses, who could provide triage and then the GP could refer patients to their main clinic in town for followups.
“Ulong is an hour’s drive from both Dorrigo and Coffs Harbour hospitals but for some locals, especially those who don’t drive, it can be difficult to get there.”
Carol is keen to talk with a GP or any medical professionals interested in being part of the clinic on 6654 5320.
INCREDIBLE SUPPORT: Builder Greg Firsk was “down the hill” working on the school when Carol Cleary told him she needed a carpenter. Next day he was on the tools at the clinic space.
Nurse Lisa and the TAFE trainees visit the Valley once a month.