The Western NSW Local Health District is continuing work to secure medical services for the Coolah Multipurpose Service (MPS), after being informed that the Coolah GP Clinic will close from Monday 4 January 2021.
Brian Bonham, General Manager of the District's Northern Sector, said that recruitment to the Visiting Medical Officer (VMO) role was ongoing with advertising underway for Coolah VMO services.
“This General Practice is a private business and while the Local Health District doesn't have control of those businesses, we are hopeful that we can develop a partnership under which a doctor will be able to operate a general practice out of rooms at the MPS, and provide medical coverage for the MPS," Mr Bonham said.
“Wherever possible, we want to provide the right kind of medical coverage for a health service and we're working to achieve that for Coolah.
“In the meantime, we want to encourage Coolah residents to ask that their general practitioner's medical records be uploaded into My Health Record. That will help in creating some continuity when a new doctor commences, or if they need services at a hospital.
“Western NSW Local Health District would like to recognise the dedication that Dr Nylie-Le Martin has provided to the Coolah community and wish her every success for her future endeavours," Mr Bonham said.
The NSW Government is investing $2.8 billion in a record workforce boost of 8300 frontline hospital staff, including 5000 nurses and midwives, with 45 per cent of those for regional and rural areas. Since 2012, the NSW Health workforce in rural and regional areas alone has increased by more than 20 per cent to 43,928.