Winsome health clinic puts call out for a GP

THE Winsome Health Outreach Clinic in Lismore needs a new GP ahead of plans to build a purpose-built clinic on its ground floor.

North Coast Medicare Local has been calling for expressions of interest from general practitioners living locally who can provide medical services.

A number of local GPs worked at the clinic over the past two years but Medicare Local said, in order to consolidate the service, it was important to find a dedicated doctor.

Public health physician, Dr Michael Douglas has been working at The Winsome's Outreach Clinic and has found considerable inspiration in lending a hand.

"The work of a doctor is loaded with privilege," he said.

"We are invited into the intimate space of a person's well-being and support them in strengthening them there.

"Such privilege is all the more in focus when engaging in the lives of those who are in a difficult space."

Dr Douglas said his patients' determination to battle through tough times was remarkable.

"I draw inspiration by the very presence of such a facility and the extraordinary people behind it and find inspiration in the clients, those who struggle and share, and find hope in the moments of life where chaos prevails," he said.

"Our encounters are as much about laughter, as they are about healing."

Since 2013, Medicare Local, in partnership with Northern NSW Local Health District and St Vincent de Paul, have provided the health service at the Lismore Soup Kitchen-owned facility.

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