Tumby Bay doctor to practise in Kimba

NEW DOCTOR: Tumby Bay doctor Graham Fleming will be practising in Kimba three days a week.
NEW DOCTOR: Tumby Bay doctor Graham Fleming will be practising in Kimba three days a week.

An Eyre Peninsula doctor has stepped up to help the Kimba community in its ongoing challenge of managing without a full-time doctor.

Tumby Bay general practitioner Dr Graham Fleming will be setting up shop in Kimba for three days a week later this year.

Dr Fleming has worked in regional communities for more than 40 years and decided to lend his experience to the town as it continues its search for a permanent doctor.

He said with seven doctors in Tumby Bay and none in Kimba, he decided he would spend some time acting as a "stop-gap" in the town to try and make the practice "functional and attractive" for an incoming general practitioner.

"My main focus is to get the practice up and running," he said.

Dr Fleming said he would begin practising in Kimba in September from Wednesday to Friday, spending the majority of his time in the town while he worked there.

He said he had a relationship with the town through his daughter who lived there for about 20 years and his son and wife, who both previously worked there.

"It's about time another Fleming came to Kimba," he said.

Dr Fleming said his aim was to spend the last years of his career working in the town until a younger permanent doctor came along.

By setting up a practice, he said he would be able to help solve any problems and work out the needs of a general practitioner in Kimba so a newcomer would not need to start from scratch.

"The aim of the game is to get a permanent doctor in Kimba," he said.

The Kimba community is currently serviced by locum doctors as part of a system that has been in place for well over a year.

The lack of continuity of care between visits has been a challenge for the residents of the town.

Dr Fleming said country people often got "the raw end of the stick" when it came to medical services, and the people of Kimba deserved more.

"They deserve it as much as anyone deserves it," he said.

This story Tumby GP steps up to help Kimba first appeared on Whyalla News.