There has been a major breakthrough for the Blayney community because a doctor from Moree has applied to work at the local hospital.
The town has been without an on-call doctor at its emergency department for six weeks after the Visiting Medical Officer (VMO) did not renew his contract.
The emergency department has been operating with triage nurses and camera phone hook-ups to specialists in Bathurst and Orange.
Dr John Shepherd of Moree has now announced he will apply for VMO rights following a visit to Blayney and an inspection of the hospital.
The Chairwoman of the Blayney Health Council, Audrey Hardman, says it is great news for the community.
“We are certainly looking [forward] to having the opportunity to keep the accident and emergency department open,” she said.
“The main thing is having a doctor working through emergency, we can also access the acute beds for the general public.”
Ms Hardman says Dr Shepherd is an extremely experienced GP.
“He’s also a surgeon and he’s also a gynaecologist, so we’d have a man of great skills and talent and I know the staff morale has lifted 1,000 per cent knowing that we’ve got – we hope – we’ve got the problem solved.”
The Greater Western Area Health Service says it is aware the doctor has commenced talks with the Health Council and will be pleased to receive an application for VMO rights at Blayney.