Keith Hospital secure new doctor, but services limited

The Keith and District Hospital has released a statement on social media after the hospital was left without a doctor.

Posted on November 1, it mentioned that Dr Rais Siddiqi had declined an offer to stay in Keith on an ongoing basis to continue providing GP services.

"We have enjoyed Dr Siddiqi's expertise and kind nature and are sad to see her go," the hospital board said in the statement.

Approaching a week without a doctor, the hospital was "delighted" to announce it had secured a locum for the month of November.

The board stated the recently secured locum officially started clinic consulting at the Keith Medical Centre on Monday morning.

Despite valiant efforts by a number of organisations, the hospital was unable to recruit a doctor to provide inpatient or emergency services.

The board and management made the difficult decision to suspend those services.

"We have advised ambulance, Bordertown Hospital and Medstar and they will continue to support the Keith community to access emergency care when required," the board said.

The hospital will be providing written information to the Keith community in the coming days and will host a public meeting tomorrow at 8pm to answer questions about the current situation.

For medical attention during normal medical clinic opening hours, phone 8755 1766 or attend the clinic at 35 Hill Avenue, Keith.

Those who require medical advice outside of normal business hours are encouraged to call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.

For emergency medical attention, call for ambulance assistance on 000, as the hospital is unable to provide after-hours assistance.