The doctor will see you now
Dr. Paula Slaney to open family medicine practice in August
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.
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Dr. Paula Slaney is looking forward to serving the needs of the Burin Peninsula through her new practice in Burin.