Promising bookings for medical centre

Queenstown's Midtown Medical Centre yesterday officially reopened after almost a month closed....
Queenstown's Midtown Medical Centre yesterday officially reopened after almost a month closed. Photo by Joe Dodgshun
Bookings are looking promising for Queenstown's Midtown Medical Centre, which officially reopened yesterday after its sudden closure late last month.

Speaking from Christchurch yesterday morning, owner Greg Roberts said, although opening days were usually slow, the practice had been reasonably busy.

"On a scale of one to 10, that would be about an eight I suppose.

"We're booked for a few days ...

"Also, it is early, so we get a lot of walk-ins in the afternoon," Mr Roberts said.

The practice closed when contract GP and practice partner Dr Bruce McKinnon resigned after six months' employment, citing problems over pay.

Dr McKinnon said he had "no immediate plans" to return to the centre.

Mr Roberts was unable to put a figure on how many patients the medical centre had lost in the past month.

"I've got no idea how many.

"I'm sure that we would have lost some in all this nonsense ... but so far we haven't had any negative feedback from the people coming in."

An agency doctor from Wellington, Dr Chitra Karunanidhi, is filling in this week before she is replaced by Dr Graham Jackson from Auckland, who will be with the practice until August.

"We're happy to be kicking on and the patients are glad that we're kicking on again as well, just here providing ... reasonable healthcare," Mr Roberts said.

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