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Surgery closure affects region
Surgery closure affects region

The comics lie unread, the plastic toys stacked, the “Collins Street Surgery” signage has been stowed away and the doors locked.

The GP clinic that was seeing about 200 patients a day a year ago closed at the end of January after 17 years.

A former patient knocks on the door: “Is this someone’s living room now?”

The closure was foretold but came sooner than expected.

The Kalgoorlie Miner reported in December the closure date – originally late 2013 – had been pushed forward after a new intake of junior doctors baulked at the last minute, leaving the centre understaffed.

The centre was left with three doctors, less than half its capacity.

Its principal, Dr Phil Reid, and his wife, Pippa, will be moving to Quindalup, near Dunsborough, to be closer to the coast and to family – 33 years after Dr Reid established his own medical practice on Burt Street, Boulder.