Allora to welcome doctor in July
ALLORA residents have been calling and Dr Leith Geisel has stood up and answered excited to start a new chapter in the rural community.
Dr Geisel, who has been a part of the Warwick community for 20 years and during that time worked at the Condamine Medical Centre, now embarks on a journey of her own as the Allora doctor.
She hopes to start practising in late July and in September Dr Kay Ellis will return to Allora to join her, forming a new partnership and beginning for medical services in Allora.
“I had concerns about the community being so desperate for a doctor and I thought I would like to try and work in a small community – I think I would enjoy that,” Dr Geisel said.
“Also, coming from the area, I know a lot of people from there.”
Dr Geisel and her family moved to the region when her husband, Mike purchased a dentist surgery, Southern Downs Dental, and their children all went through their education in the region.
She said she didn’t mind the old building at Allora and wouldn’t hold her breathe waiting for funding approval.
“All I need is a stethoscope and a pen,” Dr Geisel laughed.
Condamine Medical Centre chairman Dr Bryan Slattery said they wished to thank the Allora community after their five year association and wished Dr Geisel, Dr Ellis and staff a smooth transition.
“We acknowledge the difficulties with the skeleton service during the past six months but trust the people of Allora realise that it was the best we could offer due to manpower issues,” Dr Slattery said.
The Allora Action Committee has now taken over the lease of the Southern Cross medical rooms and assumed responsibility for the medical services to the Allora community and nursing home.
Dr Geisel said she and Dr Ellis were both prepared to liaise with the Condamine Medical Centre.
“Our first priority will be Allora,” she said.
Dr Geisel began practising in rural areas after her first career posting to Mt Isa and prefers the pace of life in the country.
“I am excited and the thing is we are not on our own," she said.
"We are well supported by a lot of people, which makes it much easier."