A new doctors’ clinic has opened up its doors in Woy Woy following concerns of a shortage in GPs across the Peninsula.
With a complex mix of an aging population and shortages in medical care on the Peninsula, eight doctors across the Coast have banded together to help create the new practice on Blackwall Rd.
A range of services are on offer to patients including: women’s and men’s health, mental health, aged care, prenatal health, immunisations, pathology, and skin checks.
Dr Fady Tadros said the doctors had started to look into developing the ‘Perfect Medical Care’ Centre in mid-2020.
“We know that the Peninsula has suffered from a doctor shortage for years and that this area was in desperate need of more services,” Tadros said.
“Three years ago, I decided to move to the Central Coast after working in rural Victoria and I was warned I wouldn’t fit in with other general practitioners.
“I feel as though in some clinics, time and care invested into the patient was not adequate, instead having a focus on getting patients the script they need, or treating a head cold, rather than providing ongoing support, checking family history, monitoring blood pressure and making sure we’re acting as a preventative.
“(In rural areas), a doctor is like family and that is what I envisage for the Peninsula.”
The practice is said to be looking to expand its range of services, with a dietician, a podiatrist, nurse practitioners and physiotherapists set to join the team.
Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch, said she is thankful residents will finally be able to see a GP.
“For years I have experienced and heard of others experiences with trying to find a doctor on the Peninsula, even for the most basic care,” Tesch said.f
The practice is currently open Monday to Friday, 9am till 6pm, with plans to extend its opening hours to Saturdays.
Media release, May 24
Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch