Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Patients Wait as Docs' Load Grows

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Patients Wait as Docs' Load Grows

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Byline: KIRA LOVE

PATIENTS looking for a GP in the Coffs Harbour area continue to be faced with long waits, or even being turned away.

Doctors in Coffs Harbour need to service double the amount of patients their city counterparts see, according to the latest data provided by the NSW Rural Doctors Network.

There are around 60 doctors in the area, that makes an estimated 50 full-time equivalent (FTE) GPs to service the needs of patients.

This roughly translates to one doctor to every 1340 patients.

A patient at the 79 High Street Surgery said that the average to see her GP is anywhere between a month to two months when making the appointment.

"I'm slightly annoyed and frustrated, but I understand that there are only so many doctors and too many patients," she said.

"It's not the doctor's fault that they're overstretched."

Chief Executive Officer of the Mid North Coast (NSW) Division of General Practice Peter Spence said general practices had experienced difficulty in recruiting new doctors to the area. …

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