Practice to get back on its feet

WHILE a pub with no beer might offer a break for over-indulged livers, a Noosa country town without a doctor is just not a healthy situation.

That is why the closure of the Cooran Health Centre run by Dr Adam Butler last month was of major concern.

The doctor struggled to find replacements with the departure of two other doctors, and the six-year-old medical practice was put on the market.

Now it seems the lure of Noosa has paid off, as the closed centre intends reopening under new management on Monday, September 19 as the Cooran Medical Centre.

The centre is located in a three-roomed 1920s bank building. Dr Butler bought the building and started the centre with his wife, Tracey, six years ago.

At the time of its reluctant closure, Dr Butler said he would love the centre to re-open because it served many people from the rural communities from Cooran north to Gympie and out to Amamoor.

Last Thursday Dr Butler confirmed that Cooran would soon have its country practice back again.

"I have to say that I'm absolutely thrilled," said Dr Butler, who will be devoting his time to providing anaesthetic services at Gympie Hospital.

"I was really keen to see a medical centre continue on in Cooran - it really is sad for the other businesses when you have so few shops in town, if something like this closes down."

Spokesman for the new centre Terry Boyce said he was confident that Cooran would embrace the re-opened centre which would have a top- flight medical staff and new equipment.

He said the centre would operate four days a week initially, moving to five days in early October. "We have the doctors to support this practice and now it's up to Cooran and the surrounding area to support the centre which I'm sure they will," Mr Boyce said.

"Cooran is such a warm and friendly place.

He said one of the key recruits was Dr Anita Holland, a talented GP originally from the UK who had also practised in New Zealand, and had moved ot hte hinterland with her family. Dr Hugo Pil is a former French doctor who will be able to carry out ultra sound examinations and specialises in veins.

Topics:  cooran health centre, health, noosa



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