The doc­tor will see you now

Dr. Paula Slaney to open fam­ily medicine prac­tice in Au­gust

The Southern Gazette - - Front Page - BY COLIN FAR­RELL BURIN, N.L.

Dr. Paula Slaney hopes her new med­i­cal prac­tice in Burin will help re­duce the num­ber of peo­ple in the re­gion with­out a fam­ily doc­tor.

“In train­ing, I no­ticed that when I worked emer­gency room shifts, when I said (to pa­tients) ‘You can follow up with your fam­ily doc­tor in a week or so’, they would say ‘No, I don’t have a fam­ily doc­tor,’” ex­plained Slaney, “but it wasn’t re­ally un­til it was con­firmed that I would be set­ting up prac­tice and peo­ple started to reach out that I got a bet­ter feel for how sig­nif­i­cant of an is­sue this is.”

The physi­cian has had over 100 peo­ple in­quir­ing on how to be added to her pa­tient list.

“That is the mil­lion-dol­lar ques­tion,” Slaney said. “I’m hop­ing to have my re­cep­tion­ist hired by the last of July, at which point there will be a form that has clinic poli­cies on it, and pa­tients will be able to get the form hope­fully the end of July.”

She will also try and have them avail­able at the Burin Penin­sula Health Care Cen­tre

Slaney ex­plained that once in­ter­ested per­sons have re­viewed and signed the doc­u­ment agree­ing to the clinic’s poli­cies it can be re­turned to her clinic in The Burin Phar­macy build­ing ad­ja­cent from Dr. David Kwin­ter.

First come, first served

“The build­ing is un­der­go­ing some ren­o­va­tion and I need to get ev­ery­thing up and run­ning, so the goal is early Au­gust,” she noted.

The doc­tor said it is re­ward­ing in one sense to have so many peo­ple reach­ing out to her look­ing to be­come a pa­tient.

“Ob­vi­ously that is the goal, you want to pro­vide good fam­ily care, but it is ac­tu­ally a lit­tle bit sur­pris­ing (be­cause) I per­son­ally didn’t re­al­ize how many peo­ple were ac­tu­ally with­out a fam­ily doc­tor, and one of my con­cerns is that I may have to have a wait list and then add more (pa­tients) on af­ter the fact,” she noted.

Slaney said that she does not want to get into a sit­u­a­tion where pa­tients are hav­ing long wait times to get in for their first ap­point­ment.

“So, when you put your name on the (pa­tient) list it will be first come, first served,” she said.

See THE DOC­TOR, page 3

PHOTO BY CHELSEY LAWRENCE PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Dr. Paula Slaney is look­ing for­ward to serv­ing the needs of the Burin Penin­sula through her new prac­tice in Burin.

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