Alice Tanner visited the Condamine Medical Centre last week - luckily.
Alice Tanner visited the Condamine Medical Centre last week - luckily. Georja Ryan

Patient shut-out anger

A NEWBIE to Warwick, Alice Tanner was lucky enough to visit the Condamine Medical Centre in the nick of time before they closed their doors closed to new patients.

After being refused access to the Warwick Medical Centre, Ms Tanner visited the Condamine Medical Centre last week, but said she could not fathom how anyone who had not visited the centre before was expected to manage.

"I think it's shocking. What does that mean for Warwick Health? I don't know what people are meant to do," Ms Tanner said.

"There is consistent movement in the town, with people coming to and fro; you can't just say 'welcome to our community but you can't see any medical staff because we're full up'."

She moved to the Rose City three months ago and said she was beginning to fall in love with the place - until this.

"As a new person to town, it is really disappointing to see," she said.

"I thought Warwick was really great and I thought about settling down here, but if they don't have the medical facilities it's a big downer.

"If they're trying to keep people here, they will go out in droves if they can't even see a doctor," Ms Tanner said.

She said she thought the Condamine Medical Centre should at least continue to see new patients, even if it did mean that had to wait in line.

"I don't know how they do it here, but back home in Tamworth they have doctors who were solely there just for people who needed scripts, some nurses who could do the basics and if it was more serious they would see a doctor," Ms Tanner said.

"Maybe they could adopt that idea."



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