Tailem Bend Medical Practice is set to see a familiar face return, as new owner Dr Sanjeev Sabharwal’s return to the riverside town’s practice secures its future.
Acting regional director Riverland Mallee Coorong, Country Health SA (CHSA), Tanya Lehmann paid tribute to Dr Sabharwal, who will take over the practice from next month, and all involved in reaching the outcome.
“CHSA and the local health advisory council have been working for many months towards a susatinable medical model in Tailem Bend and we are delighted that we have found a solution,” Ms Lehmann said.
“The new owner is Dr Sanjeev Sabharwal, who, along with his wife Divya, are well known to the community because they worked at the practice around 10 years ago.
“Tailem Bend requires highly skilled doctors that are credentialed to work in general practice, treat hospital inpatients, care for aged care residents and respond to emergency presentations, and we are confident Dr Sabharwal’s team will meet those requirements.”
Ms Lehmann said the revamped practice will trade as the Murraylands Medical Centre and will begin operations from Monday, September 3, while current staff will be supported into alternative roles within the region.
“I’d like to thank the Tailem Bend community for their ongoing patience during this process and their continued support for their local medical practice,” Ms Lehmann said.
“CHSA has been operating the practice for the past 12 years and in the last two years we have been using locums. While this has been necessary, it will be much better for the community to receive continuity of care from the same team of doctors.”
Interim Coorong health advisory council (HAC) presiding member, Katrina Hood, said she was pleased with the positive outcome in Tailem Bend.
“The HAC has been extensively involved in discussions with CHSA as they have worked towards this outcome, and it’s fantastic there will once again be doctors in the practice who will learn to understand the community’s needs,” Ms Hood said.
During the first six month of the new clinic establishing itself and as consistent with current weekend arrangements, Bridge Clinic will continue to provide after-hours emergency services.
Ms Lehmann thanked Bridge Clinic for its ongoing support, enabling the Tailem Bend community to receive the best possible care as close to home as possible.