Calling GPs - Come to Alston Moor!
Sounds like a a great idea for a TV series. Maybe a spin-off from the successful medical drama Doc Martin, starring Martin Clunes?
Unfortunately it isn't, it's real life and it's happening here on Alston Moor. Since Dr Michael Hanley took his well-deserved retirement after nearly 30 years as senior partner at our practice earlier in the year, Dr Claire Corlett has been left to hold the fort. While she is doing an amazing job with the help and support of the rest of the team, residents on Alston Moor need another GP as Dr Corlett cannot be expected to carry on with such a heavy workload indefinately. Let's hope this kind of high-profile publicity on The Guardian website will help spread the word and attract the right person to the job. A person who would relish the prospect of working for such a rural practice in a beautiful location such as Alston Moor.
Although this long-standing vacancy is not directly linked to the threat to our ambulance service, it's a major factor in our situation and has far-reaching implications.
Please share wherever your can. There is the perfect GP out there, waiting in the wings... they just don't know about us yet!