New GP hangs up his shingle
DAVID KANG does not just want to be a doctor in Kyogle, he wants to become a part of the Kyogle community.
"This is the idea, my philosophy in setting up a general practice," the town's newest medical recruit said yesterday.
"I'm trying to be a part of this community in every aspect."
Korean-born Dr Kang, who was convinced by respected former Kyogle GP Dr Clive Das to hang his shingle in Kyogle, will open his one-man general practice on Monday.
He has worked for about 10 years in emergency departments in hospitals throughout New South Wales, including a stint at Grafton Base Hospital.
It was there he heard about Kyogle, and the town's desperate doctor shortage.
However, before making the decision to move to Kyogle Dr Kang worked with one of the town's other doctors to get a feel for the place, and for general practice.
"The people in Kyogle were also one of the main reasons I decided to open a practice here. They are lovely," he said.
Dr Kang said the switch from emergency medicine to general practice was a challenge he was looking forward to.
"Emergency medicine is reactive. General practice is more about prevention," he said.
"A GP doctor in Grafton who impressed me very much told me he would not like to see his patients coming to the emergency department.
"If he did then it would mean he had not been able to prevent a medical emergency.
"That is my aim ? to become a GP whose patients do not have to be urgently taken to the emergency department."
Dr Kang's surgery in Geneva Street is accepting appointments for next week, and his books are open to new patients.
It's understood a fourth doctor will start in Kyogle later this month when Dr Michael Glover opens his new clinic at the hospital.