Rural village without a full time doctor for three years
THE HSE has been forced for the FIFTH time to advertise for a GP to set up a full-time practice in Coolgreany.
The Irish College of General Practitioners has said rural communities such as Coolgreany face the possibility of a future without a GP, and measures should be introduced to support rural practices. Some 405 people are registered with medical cards in Coolgreany.
Local woman Maureen Kelly said people are often forced to get taxi into Gorey or Arklow for medical appointments. She said Coolgreany had a full-time doctor for over 60 years until Dr Gerry Liddy retired in 2008 and his replacement, Dr Terry Lyons, emigrated to Australia in 2011.
At the time, Dr Lyons said government cutbacks had made it difficult for stand-alone rural practices. Gorey Family Practice was appointed to provide part-time locum cover until a GP could be found to take on the practice full-time.