Medical centre still open
WHILE the people of Warwick were wiping their brows in relief at word that the Warwick Medical Centre - or rather Peppertree Medical Centre - would remain open, the Warwick Hospital staff were thanking their lucky stars.
Director of nursing Megan O'Shannessy said she and the hospital doctors were relieved the practice had been bought.
"We were concerned how we would have stepped up to meet the increased demand and we knew it would have been a stretch," Ms O'Shannessy said.
"We are very pleased now - and well done, Barbara Austin."
She said it was sad to see Dr Chris Hannon leave, but she was excited to work with the new doctors.
"Dr Hannon has been an exceptional GP and given a lot to this town and we wish him all the best," Ms O'Shannessy said.
"We also want to thank the Warwick community for understanding and they've shown just how strong they can be when they work together."
Dr Lynton Hudson, of the Condamine Medical Centre, said the practice had not yet reopened its book to new patients, but it was a possibility.
"I suppose we haven't actually thought about that, but we will probably look at that in the next meeting," Dr Hudson said.
He said it was a positive wave of relief to hear the medical centre would remain operating and wished the new owners all the best.
"I think it's a relief for everyone and we feel happy too," Dr Hudson said.
"Our number one concern is for our patients, but it's also for the wider community so this is really good."