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Deniliquin doctor shortage over

New information received indicates Deniliquin will have four new doctors by February.

JESS EVERINGHAM January 8, 2013 3:12pm

Deniliquin’s severe doctor shortage is about to improve, with four new medical practitioners expected by mid-February.

Two new doctors are expected at the Deniliquin Medical Centre, with another two at Deniliquin Central Clinic.

Ochre Health, which runs the Deniliquin Medical Centre, had already announced that a doctor would arrive in January.

Ochre general manager Maureen Thornhill said that GP would begin later this month, and announced a second doctor would arrive in the second week of February.

Both doctors are expected to join Deniliquin Hospital’s Visiting Medical Officer (VMO) roster.

The two GPs are the first doctors to relocate to Deniliquin due to the medical clinic, which opened in October.

Deniliquin Central Clinic also has two new registrars starting in early February, joining Dr Ian Dumbrell.

The clinic had already announced that a female registrar would join the clinic part-time, and has just revealed that Dr Ye Lin Ko will also relocate to Deniliquin.

Dr Dumbrell said both doctors were undertaking post graduate training in General Practice.

‘‘Dr Ye Lin Ko — MBBS Institute of Medicine, Yangon, 2007 — is a 30 year-old male Burmese doctor who is currently working at the Nambour hospital as a Hospital Medical Officer,’’ he said.

‘‘He has been working in Acute Hospital Medicine in Australia for three years.

‘‘Dr Ko’s application to work as a VMO on the hospital roster is being processed.

‘‘Dr Tamjida Siddique — MBBS Mymensingh Medical College 1999 — is a female Bangladeshi doctor who has been working in Acute Hospital Medicine across a broad range of specialties in Australia since 2007.

‘‘Dr Siddique is currently participating in the Australian General Practice Training Program through the regional training provider, Beyond Medical Education, based in Bendigo.

‘‘Dr Siddique is currently working as a GP at the Seymour Medical Clinic, Seymour.

‘‘Dr Siddique will cover the VMO Roster at the Hospital.’’

The new additions will mean there will be 12 doctors in Deniliquin — the most in some years, and possibly ever.

Local doctors have been struggling to keep up with patient demand, particularly in the year since Dr Marion Magee left.

The doctor shortage has been straining the hospital roster, with reports of the hospital being left without an on-call doctor at times over the past year.

It is hoped the new doctors will ease, or even end, the shortage.

With the extra staff, Dr Dumbrell said Deniliquin Central Clinic will be operating out of two premises.

Both are in Mulwala Plaza — Shop 5/342 George St and Shop 2/347 Cressy St.

The clinic will have the same single phone number 58817480, and a single computer network for medical records.

The clinic plans to later relocate to larger premises to accommodate the extra staff.

The clinic will be accepting new patients; to register call 58817480.

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