Dr Ross Hetherington.
Dr Ross Hetherington. Bev Lacey

Medicos work together to improve Warwick health services

A BAND of doctors have joined forces to make after-hour medical services in Warwick run more efficiently and prevent doctor burn-out.

Member of the Medicare Local After Hours Reference Group Dr Ross Hetherington said the proposal was the brainchild of doctors who had tired of passing each other in the hospital corridors at 2am.

Dr Hetherington said the group had come up with an "interesting model" to eliminate the duplication of services being experienced now.

"The private doctors, the doctors at the hospital and Medicare Local have been having conversations for months now on how we can provide the best service for Warwick in years to come," he said.

"We have all worked together for so long and some of us went to uni together so we all know each other really well and we just realise there must be a better way of doing things."

The focus of the proposal is to ease the strain on doctors and to improve patient access to medical treatment.

"We have a workforce that is probably overworked and we want to make it easier to keep going, rather than burning out and withdrawing completely," Dr Hetherington said.

The past nine to 12 months have been devoted to the strategy and Dr Hetherington said he was hopeful a plan could be put into action by July.

He added there had even been interest from local doctors who did not currently offer after-hours care about changing this and helping out with the after-hours workload.

Dr Hetherington said the group was also focused on reducing the waiting time for patients when accidents and emergencies occurred.



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