Rural classification discourages GPs

Dr Geoff Symons in his Gumeracha Medical Practice office.

A shortage of GPs at Gumeracha Medical Practice has kept the town’s emergency department shut, forcing locals to travel further for emergency treatment.
The four GPs currently staffing the medical practice – Drs Geoff Symons, Mark Lang, Karen Williams and Chris Withnall – said they were unable to reopen the accident and emergency department at Gumeracha Hospital.