Everything is running smoothly at the Kurow Medical Centre.
The centre, which has had part-time locums filling in in recent months, has finally found a doctor to fill the void on a permanent basis.
Dr Annie Fyfe, of Wanaka, is the permanent replacement doctor and practice manager Jules Elliot said having her was making the world of difference.
“It’s fantastic to finally have someone at the medical centre fulltime.”
Mrs Elliot said Dr Fyfe had fitted in seamlessly.
“She’s fitted in really well; all the patients really like her and she’s got plenty of experience, which helps.”
The medical centre had been struggling since August, after the doctor at the time left.
However, after unsuccessful attempts to attract a fulltime locum, it had finally found someone suitable, in Dr Fyfe.
Mrs Elliot said it was a concern at the time.
“It was a bit frustrating that we couldn’t find anyone, but we’re just totally glad that Annie came along, as she is happy to do the job permanently.”
Dr Fyfe started at the practice on February 2.
“We really enjoy having her her and it’s great for the practice, because we now have a full-time doctor and can see patients more often,” Mrs Elliott said.