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GENRAL practitioner (GP)
consultations at Cadell will be
reduced to home visits on a case-
by-case basis, effective today.
The Waikerie Medical Centre previ-
ously offered weekly consultations at
the Cadell Institute, but is removing
the service after a lack of patronage.
The centre will continue to consult
weekly at the Morgan Medical Clinic,
with extra appointments being made
available for Cadell-based patients.
Waikerie Medical Centre partner
Dr Ken Wanguhu said the problem was
often having no appointments booked.
“We would waste time packing up
our clinic in Morgan to travel to Cadell
for our doctor to have no appointments
booked in Cadell,” he said.
“We thought instead that we could
use that time to consult with more
patients in Morgan.
“We believe the new system will
mean that we will get to see two to
three more patients a week.”
Dr Wanguhu said Cadell patients
would have appointments reserved
“We have allocated a specific time
slot for Cadell residents,” he said.
“However, they will still have access
to other appointments during the day,
so they are not disadvantaged.
“We were always running at a loss
servicing Morgan and Cadell.
“We now think that this is better
for everyone if we offer more appoint-
ments in Morgan.”
Waikerie Medical Centre staff also
faced technical issues while working
from the Cadell Institute.
“We had very poor wireless broad-
band in the Institute, so it made it dif-
ficult to access our wireless systems,”
Dr Wanguhu said.
“We also had very poor mobile
phone reception, so it was difficult to
maintain confidentiality when speak-
ing to Medicare.
“If patients feel like this new
system is not working, then we would
consider reviewing it in a few months.
“This is a trial, and if it doesn’t
seem to work for patients we may
review it next year.”
The centre will visit Morgan each
Wednesday from 10am to 4pm, and
appointments between 1.45pm and
2.45pm are reserved specifically for
The centre will continue to offer
home visits for patients in Cadell.
Dr Wanguhu said the centre con-
sulted with the Mid Murray Council to
notify the community of the decision.
“We did consult with the Mid
Murray Council because we felt that
would be the best way to get the mes-
sage to the community,” he said.
“We apologise if this message was
lost, but we feel this new system will
improve efficiencies for Cadell and
Mid Murray Council chief ex-
ecutive officer Russell Peate said the
centre discussed closing the service
with council because of a lack of
“From memory, it discussed with
us the fact that if patronage didn’t
increase, they may look at closing that
part of their service, but would still
maintain the service at Morgan,” he
“I think that if they are going to the
time and cost of having one of their
general practitioners consulting at
Cadell and there isn’t enough people
attending, they aren’t going to continue
PAGE 6 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
PAGE 7 MID MURRAY MONTHLY
A WAIKERIE motel
room destroyed by fire
last July made a stylish
comeback last week.
Local contractors applied
the finishing touches at the
Waikerie Hotel Motel last
Thursday, and the room is
now available for bookings.
Manager Andrew Tyson
said the recent fire – which
police confirmed was caused
by a cigarette, and saw the
room’s male occupant sustain
burns to his face, hands and
feet – had gutted the motel
Mr Tyson said the resto-
ration works had presented
the opportunity to conduct
a pilot project for eventually
renovating the entire motel
“We decided we would
completely strip it and do it
up to the same level as the
hotel rooms,” he said.
“When we are ready to
upgrade the (other) motel
rooms, they’ll be done to the
“The builders have done
a great job. I’m very happy
with the room.”
Mr Tyson said the need
for an insurance claim meant
the project took longer than
it would have otherwise.
“We had the other three
rooms affected by smoke or
water back online within a
week,” he added.
back in action
after July fire
A WAIKERIE motel room gutted by fire in July has been restored to a similar standard to that of
the nearby hotel rooms.
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