Coraki scores second doctor

CORAKI health services have received a positive injection with the appointment of a new doctor at the Coraki Medical Centre.

The appointment of Dr Syed Adnan comes almost 12 months after Campbell Hospital was closed after its roof was damaged in a storm.

Coraki Medical Centre manager Gerard Criss said Dr Adnan started at the medical centre on August 1.

"This is fantastic news for the people of the Lower Richmond," Mr Criss said.

"With two doctors we will be able to provide a GP and a nurse in Coraki five days a week."

Mr Criss said this will be the first time since Campbell Hospital closed last September that Coraki residents will have access to the services of a GP five days per week.

He said the extra doctor in the town will free up more time and lighten the work- load on the town's resident doctor Rosemary Craig.

"With the second GP coming into town it is going to take the workload off Rosie and enable us to increase those hours of coverage that we have a doctor in Coraki."

"Its effectively a lifesaver when it comes down to it, because if someone is seriously injured at New Italy, if we have got a doctor at Coraki it can make the difference between getting the support they need before getting to Lismore or not."

Dr Adnan has previously worked in the Northern Rivers before working for the Queensland Health Service.



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