TAMWORTH’S newest general medical practice has attracted plenty of interest – and it hasn’t even opened yet.
A registration day held last Friday for prospective patients of the new Windmill Practice has left practice manager and nurse Anne O’Connor with a “huge” pile of forms from people wanting to get onto the books, which she estimates stands at about 100 people.
Given the shortage of doctors, Mrs O’Connor said she was not surprised by the demand.
The practice would be able to accommodate all these people, she said, “but the question is how long will we be able to keep our books open”.
A team of four GPs and two nurses is behind the practice, which will open at Windmill Hills Estate on September 9.
Doctors Heather Carr, Gerard Cudmore, Louise Badenhorst and Aradhna Khanna have been practising in Tamworth for some time, with Dr Khanna making a return to general practice following a break to focus on ophthalmology.
Megan Kwa joins Mrs O’Connor as one of the practice nurses.
“I worked with a few of the doctors and we decided we wanted to create a practice a little smaller, with a focus on high-quality care in a nice environment,” Mrs O’Connor said.
Patients will have their own doctor and see only them wherever possible; there will be no junior doctors undertaking training at the practice.
“Our philosophy is to provide continuity of care,” Mrs O’Connor said.
She said there had been a surge in demand from patients following the departure of doctors Andrew and Carla Croaker from Tamworth.
Some of the people at last Friday’s event were former patients of such doctors who had left or retired, and some were patients of the practice’s doctors who were following them to their new location.
Others were relatively new to Tamworth and had simply not been able to find a doctor yet, with some searching for as long as 12 months.