Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has praised staff at Gulgong's Multi-Purpose Service (MPS), who have continued to provide care for residents of the town while the hunt for a new visiting medical officer (VMO) continues.
Gulgong Medical Centre had been contracted to Western New South Wales Local Health District to provide on-call and VMOs to Gulgong MPS, however after negotiation this contract was not renewed and the LHD began advertising for the role.
Mr Saunders visited the MPS recently and said the dedication of staff is something the community should celebrate.
"The nursing staff at the centre continue to do a tremendous job, and while there is no permanent doctor at the moment, I want the community to know they are being well looked after by the staff on-site, and the Telehealth specialist services that are available," Mr Saunders said.
"I understand why people in the Gulgong region have been concerned about the situation because health services are so important. That's exactly why I visited the MPS and talked to staff and residents.
"But I want to reassure all members of the local community that if you go to the MPS you will continue to receive top quality care, and the people residing in the centre are being very well looked after by the nursing staff.
"I am also heartened to hear that the Western NSW Local Health District is working very hard to find another doctor to service the centre, and hopefully there will be some good news on that front in the not-too-distant future."
Gulgong Medical Centre earlier said they are looking at ways to adapt services provided in the clinic while working around the limitations such as hours of operation, in order to continue to provide the community with health care.
Last month Coolah Medical Centre announced that it will close on July 17 after the existing VMO and GP said he would be leaving Coolah following his contract negotiation.