The Port Pirie Hospital will have to rely on temporary doctors for its accident and emergency services from the start of March after local GP’s withdrew their on-call services from the hospital.
The hospital will shift to a full locum model with SA Health looking into future options for the hospital that services communities in the surrounding Flinders and Mid North.
Deputy chief executive of Country Health SA’s Yorke and Northern Region, Roger Kirchner says specialist doctors will continue to provide outpatient services.
A doctor shortage in the region is adding to the workload on remaining GP’s, with the pressure of being on-call possibly triggering the decision to withdraw services.
The Port Pirie emergency department has recorded an increase in the number of presentations, increasing from 7,000 to 12,000 a year.