Doctor shortages in Uki.
Doctor shortages in Uki.

Doctor needed at Uki

THREE months after receiving approval for a doctor’s surgery at Uki, pharmacist Elissa Wood is eight months pregnant and still without a GP.

Mrs Wood and her dentist-husband Chris, who run the Uki Pharmacy and Dental Surgery, were hoping to have a doctor on hand for the arrival of their first child, but their practice next door remains empty.

“We’re not too far from Tweed, but it would have been good in case the baby came a bit quicker than expected,” Mrs Wood said. “I’m due around mid-November.”

Dr and Mrs Wood, of Cabarita, were given the green light by Tweed Shire Council to turn the house next door into a doctor’s surgery in July.

“I knew it was going to take a little while to find a resident doctor,” Mrs Wood said.

“It’s not something that would happen straight away.”

Despite Mrs Wood badgering doctors every time they visit her Kyogle Road shop, the position has not been filled.

“We’ve had a few doctors here on holidays that are looking to move and have popped in but no one has committed yet.”

Mrs Wood believed the job would be ideal for tree- changers.

“They can have the nice relaxed lifestyle and working hours,” she said.

“You wouldn’t get to know your patients in the city like you do here. It’s a different change of pace.”

The Woods thought they would receive more interest from local GPs.

“There’s not much local interest, which is unusual.

“We ask everyone that comes in if they know a doctor that wants a job,” Mrs Wood said.

“Word of mouth works quite well.”

The Woods hoped to have the Uki Doctor Surgery operating with the next six months.

“I don’t think much is going to happen over Christmas,” Mrs Wood said. “Any action will be early next year.”

For now the Woods are turning their attention to the arrival of their new bub, which they think is a boy.

“I’ll have a couple of months off (when the baby comes) and have someone looking after the shop for me.”

Interested doctors should call (02) 6679 4044.

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