Special thanks to our QSMC Tuross patients who completed our recent Practice Improvement Survey. The results are now out – 98% of all patient ratings about our practice were good, very good or excellent – welcome encouragement upon this first anniversary of our Tuross practice, but rest assured we will not rest on our laurels!
Queen Street Medical Centre Moruya acquired Tuross Head Surgery in September 2015 upon the closure of Southern NSW Medicare Local. During the past year we’ve been striving to improve our RACGP-accredited general practice consulting and healthcare services here at the practice. With the support of Southern IML Pathology we now offer twice-weekly onsite pathology services (including home pathology visits as required) and increased GP consulting and practice nursing hours support additional services such as Pap Clinics and Better Health programmes for diabetes management. Dr Martin Riley has also continued to offer advanced skills in skin cancer management and minor surgery.
In rural and remote regions it is a challenge to attract and retain general practitioners however Tuross has been well served since 2010 by Dr Martin Riley and Dr Issuru Premawardhana. During the past year, Dr Martin Carlson – a Partner GP of Queen Street Medical Centre joined the Tuross team and this month we welcome GPs Dr Thilan Walgamage and Dr Les Roberts Thomson (also a Partner GP) to our Tuross GP team. Drs Walgamage and Roberts Thomson are filling the GP shoes of Dr Riley who will now focus solely on his skin cancer consulting and surgery at both our Tuross and Moruya practices.
One of our biggest challenges has been to work around the lack of adequate broad band services within our Eurobodalla Shire. Modern healthcare services depend on having reliable, fast internet services and this essential service to our region is vastly inadequate – we eagerly await the NBN which will improve the efficiency of both phone and internet communications between Moruya and Tuross.