West Coast Health Clinic will be seeing a little less of Dr Fiona Bolden, as she has recently taken the decision to move into Hamilton, but she still remains committed to the people of Raglan and will continue to work here on a part time basis.
Fiona has been a long term fixture in Raglan and for those of us that can remember was a major force in keeping our health clinic going over the last ten years. Over more recent years Dr Rebekah and Dr Mike were invited into partnership with the practice and now Fiona feels it is the right time to devote more of her energy to her family.
Rebekah is due to return to work in early May and Mike will continue to be working with temporary doctors drafted in to ease the workload during this busy period. Many will have met Dr Angela Glew and she will be continuing to cover Rebekah’s maternity leave. Fiona will be working 2 days per week in the surgery (Tuesdays and Fridays) and is happy to see her “regulars” during this time although will not be taking on new patients. Dr Charlotte Cave will be joining the clinic as a registrar this week and is looking forward to working in our vibrant and friendly little town. We also have Dr Amanda Mutton working with us from her base in Rotorua until the end of March.
With many holiday makers in Raglan as usual this summer West Coast health would like to thank the Raglan residents for being patient (excuse the pun) during this busy period and would like to announce that to facilitate the towns growing population they will be opening for extended hours in the near future. With Fiona going part time we have taken this opportunity to increase our total number of appointments available for both doctors and nurses with the hope that people will find it easier to get appointments, particularly when booked in advance.
Just a quick reminder to people that if you are unwell and there are no doctor appointments available on the day you are always able to see one of our nurses who will assess you and give advice and if a doctor’s appointment is required at that time then you will be fitted in as an emergency.
We are open 5 days/week and after hours you are still able to call our telephone number and are connected to a registered nurse who can give you advice and help on any problem. Mike and Fiona both do shifts at Anglesea clinic in town to cover some of the after-hours requirements.
We have recently started making plans for expansion of the clinic and this will involve us moving to a purpose built facility, still based in the centre of town. This is an exciting prospect and we look forward to giving you more details in the future.