CO-OPERATIVE SPIRIT: Esk stalwart Selwyn Boon, Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington, SRC mayor Graeme Lehmann and Teresa Harding at the SBRRA meeting in Esk on Monday night.
CO-OPERATIVE SPIRIT: Esk stalwart Selwyn Boon, Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington, SRC mayor Graeme Lehmann and Teresa Harding at the SBRRA meeting in Esk on Monday night. Kerry Oneill

Medical moves

ESK and Toogoolawah residents will rejoice in the news private doctors' surgeries will be operating in both towns in four to six weeks.

The announcement came at a meeting of the Somerset Regional Residents and Ratepayers Association (SBRRA) in Esk on Monday night.

Owner of the new surgeries, Dr Paul Crowley, confirmed the news and said the private practices would be up and running within the next four to six weeks with one doctor located at Toogoolawah and two doctors at Esk.

"I will personally be working at both practices and I have already recruited doctors for both," he said.

Dr Crowley said both practices would create a flow-on effect for the Esk hospital, which was reported to be currently under-utilised by the Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington.

"There is a flow on effect for other allied health services in the town," Dr Crowley said.

"Doctors will be able to build a referral base (for the hospital)."

Dr Crowley said he got a good feeling from residents and businesses in both communities and had always been greeted with words of support and enthusiasm, which encouraged him to establish the surgeries.

President of the SBRRA Steve Barraclough said good news came after the SBRRA had actively agitated with the council and private business to have the new surgeries located in the towns.

"We have been trying for 10 years to get a doctor in the town," he said

"Our group likes to discuss things with council and politicians."


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