Practice needs doctor
EXPECTING mother Elissa Wood is hoping to have a resident doctor on hand in the newly-approved Uki General Practice by the time her first child is due in November.
The pharmacist and her dentist-husband Chris run the Uki Pharmacy and Dental Surgery and have just received approval from Tweed Shire Council to turn the house next door into a doctor's surgery.
The only thing missing is the GP.
“We've got everything for the surgery except a doctor to run it,” Mrs Wood said.
“Everyone that comes in asks 'When is the doctor coming?' and we say 'Do you know anyone?'.
“If a doctor ever comes in I badger them,” she laughed.
However, Mrs Wood does not think it will be too difficult to persuade someone to fill the position.
“We don't mind if they are local or wanting to move here.
“There are a lot of tree changers coming to this area and everyone's really nice out here.
“You wouldn't get to know your patients in the city like you do here.
“It's a different change of pace.”
Dr and Mrs Wood, of Cabarita, will be advertising through the local Tweed Valley Division of General Practice and the nation-wide Australian Medical Association.
In just more than two years the small Uki Dental Surgery, run out of the old butcher shop, has received a huge response, Mrs Wood said.
“People come from all over to come here, a lady even comes from the Gold Coast.
“I guess word spread,” Mrs Wood said.
“Chris is booked out a month in advance.”
The couple, who met while both studying medical degrees in Brisbane, said they always identified a need for more medical services in Uki.
“We'd been out here a few times and saw there were no services,” Mrs Wood said.
“When we saw this old shop for sale it all made sense.”
They applied to council for a change of use from a dwelling to a doctor's surgery at the end of last year.
“We're so happy it finally got through,” Mrs Wood said.
The general practice will be run from an old house next door to the Uki Pharmacy and Dental Surgery, which share a building.
“The owner (of the house) offered it to us to rent as a doctor's surgery and we jumped at the chance.
“There's not much to do in there, just a bit of a fit out.”
Dr and Mrs Wood have been married five years and together for 12.
“We're expecting our first child in November.
“It should be interesting,” Mrs Wood laughed.
“It would be good to have a doctor on hand by then.”
Interested doctors should call (02) 6679 4044.