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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 Read 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*



Get behind Dr Duff to save after hours medical service

I am writing this as I am very concerned about what is happening to the After Hours Service at Woy Woy Hospital.

They are not out of the woods yet even though a promise has been made for funding.

The After Hours Service is run by local GPs who give up their own time of an evening or weekend to make sure we do not need to travel to Gosford for treatment.

The service has not had any increase in funding from the Government for years now and cannot keep delivering to the community on the current budget.

I wrote to Dr Gordon Reid MP but am still waiting on a response.

The service urgently needs extra funding to stay viable and meet the needs of the community.

On top of this there is a shortage of local GP's who are not willing to help staff the service along with Dr Paul Duff.

Dr Paul Duff is doing everything humanly possible to keep this service going but he cannot do this single-handedly.

He needs a big response from all GPs practising on the Peninsula to lessen his own workload and do what is best for the community.

It should not be on the shoulders of one good man to service the whole Peninsula.

We need a group effort to make this work and we need the help of the Government and other GPs to jump on board to save this vital service.

If this vital service closes we are all at risk next time we get sick.

Pensioners live week to week and cannot afford the travel to Gosford in an emergency.

The parking prices at Gosford Hospital and long wait times also makes it impossible for some residents.

Please get behind Dr Paul Duff and try to save this vital after hours service as it is vital for the health and well being of our residents.

If we can get more GPs on board to service this Centre there will be less of a burden on others to keep it going.

With doctors retiring and some leaving the Peninsula we really need to put a plan in motion to make it easier for GPs to run this service.

Let us all get behind Dr Paul Duff and help him keep this vital service going.

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