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Collapse Issue 578:<br />25 Sep 2023<br />_____________Issue 578:
25 Sep 2023
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After-hours medical service announces closure*
Who isn't a fan of The Big Red Truck?
Varroa mite detection reported at Blackwall
Channel dredging to finish this week
Ferry company welcomes 'deeper and wider' channel*
Decisions soon on after-hours GPs and Urgent Care
Women's march calls for protection of 'sacred lands'
Clean-up in Woy Woy Bay nets 440kg
CWA branch recycles banners as tote bags and bunting
Help wanted to find missing plaque
Rail interruptions could get worse before they get better
Demolition order issued for Empire Bay Marina
Fundraising day for Mary Mac's Place
Rotary club raises almost $7000 at charity golf day
Police renew appeal for help to find missing woman
Volunteer firefighter has chainsaw training*
Have more trees and community education, says GUST*
Children to be taught to knit and crochet
Fly larvae could help recycle food waste, club told*
Service award for Marine Rescue member
Mingaletta to hold free school holiday activities
Online business wins national award*
Donations of mixed fruit wanted
New food pantry opens in Woy Woy
Rotary club to fund sewing workshop at Ugandan school
Community group runs plumbing workshop for women
Community garden holds produce swap*
Yellow theme at Rotary club fundraiser*
Run for The Voice arrives in Ettalong*
Paper quilling workshop to be held at library
Parliamentary recognition for Umina CWA*
Only 7.7mm of rain in two weeks
Application received for seven two-bedroom dwellings*
Arboretum seeks to change 'cottage' verandah design
Planning Panel withdraws permission to speak
Council seeks feedback on strategic plans
Key strategies unavailable for Austin Butler submissions
Panel told Peninsula strategic review is not planned*
Fourth attempt in 10 years to sell off open space
Bio-offset unlikely to be done in a hurry
Get behind Dr Duff to save after hours medical service
Stalls raise money for stroke recovery club
Hollywood event raises $29,500 for Cancer Council
Pat Hutch retires after more than 30 years' service
Maintenance staff become 'fish whisperers'
Aged care facility holds mental health activities*
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Free Fair Day is centrepiece of Coastal Twist Festival
Pride Poetry night to be held in Woy Woy
Youth dance at Mingaletta for Coastal Twist Festival
First concert 'with a rock vibe' at Pearl Beach arboretum
Americana theme at next Troubadour concert
Flash Festival to be held next weekend
Choir donates to Elsie's Retreat
Arts centre students prepare for annual exhibition*
Netball team makes it to North Sydney final*
Year 6 students return from Canberra visit
Students attend IT and cyber day at Newcastle Uni
College wins four Minister's Awards
Residents wanted as primary school ethics teachers
Head Start program to be held from October 18
Student wins phone for good attendance
Trivia night for the Raad family
Southern Spirit wins trial match
Surf club raises $9350 in 24-hour row
Soccer grand final win for Southern 45A team
New executive elected at bridge club
Super-size bridge field for AGM Pairs
Business house bowls competition planned
Everglades men play Major Pairs final
Most surf club members sign up again
Bowling club raises $1000 on RUOK Day
Association seeks interest in netball development squad
Bicycle group reverses 'boomerang' ride
Rugby club to hold annual general meeting
Turn out to try softball was 'fantastic'*
Junior Touch seeks expressions of interest
Wolves win A Division baseball grand final*
Soccer presentations planned for October
Ron wins Minor Singles title*



Decisions soon on after-hours GPs and Urgent Care

The Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network has confirmed that "announcements regarding both the Woy Woy After Hours Medical Service and the Commonwealth Urgent Care Clinics are imminent".

"The Network is engaged in active discussions with Dr Paul Duff about after hours GP services, which have been in place at Woy Woy for many decades.

"We acknowledge the contributions the Service has made to the health and wellbeing of the Peninsula communities, particularly the contribution and ongoing dedication of Dr Duff.

"Residents of the Central Coast and Peninsula area will not be left without access to extended hours, bulk-billed health care when it's urgent."

After hours medical service Dr Duff said: "I don't think the urgent care centres are undermining our efforts.

"Their raison d'etre seems to be to take the pressure off hospital accident and emergency departments.

"I don't see them as direct competition or an alternative to GP after hours.

"For a start, they will mostly be operating in the daytime and not overnight, so if anything they will be trying to recruit GPs away from one day job to the next, rather than asking them to work extra hours.

"They will be open weekends, it's true, so I guess they will be open Saturday afternoons and Sundays, which covers some of the time we currently do.

"But they won't be open overnight and they won't be open after 8pm."

Dr Duff said that if the after-hours clinic closed, so would its telephone service, "which currently charges $35 to speak to a GP at 3 o'clock in the morning".

"I'm sure they won't be offering anything like that."

Dr Duff said the challenge now was to recruit GPs for the service.

"I am asking them to give up some of their precious personal time to help out with our service," he said.

He said he was asking them to make a small sacrifice for the community benefit.

"I'm not asking for a lot of time, and I'm offering to pay them as generously as I can.

"Most of these doctors can quite happily make ends meet by sticking to their day job."

He said he was asking them to return, in a small way, to a culture that was reminiscent of the GP tradition of the last century.

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