It can be hard to find time to see the Doctor when you live this far from town. So would you like to know how we roll out here in the never never? The Doctor comes to us. Of course they do!!!
Yes, that’s right, we are so special, basically VIP’s, so the Doctor comes to us – thanks to the NT Government! Once a month the Barkly Mobile Clinic fly around all the cattle stations in our area holding clinics at each place. The Doctor is often just up here for the week to do the clinic.
This time we had Dr Ruth. Ruth is based in Melbourne, however spends most of her time travelling all around the country as a Locum. Ruth is in Alice Springs for 4 weeks.
Doctors we have had in the past have come from Adelaide, Melbourne, North Coast of NSW, the Sunshine Coast etc. So they come up especially to help us out – see I told you we were VIP’s. The RFDS pilot and plane fly the team around and they leave from Alice Springs. The nurse – Tony – is based in Elliot, a remote community/tiny town north of Tennant Creek, he meets the plane in Tennant Creek. Tony will also collect any medication that people may have ordered from the Tennant Creek Pharmacy.
Once they are all sorted and have all the medication they continue onto the stations. They spend 4 days and 4 nights visiting cattle stations in our region. Some of the larger stations have a dedicated “Clinic” room, where all of their medication/RFDS kits etc are kept. Here at Chardy HQ we aren’t that flash, it is whatever goes here. We set Ruth up in one of our spare rooms over in our girls quarters – because we like to keep it real.
We were glad to see them too. We have all been feeling a bit crook, so we had a bit of a family check up and Harry got his sore toe seen to. If medication is required, they may have it with them, otherwise the prescription is sent through to the Tennant Creek Pharmacy and I order this for our staff. It is then sent out on our mail plane.
Here is our waiting room, not your average waiting room, we didn’t have to wait 2 hours and there were no magazines from 1997 to read – bummer!
Turns out the only people waiting in this waiting room were Andrew – the RFDS Pilot, and Tony – the Nurse! Perched up there with their boxes of goodies, all of the medication. Surely they could have slipped me some valium or something…. one would have thought!!!
Tom needed to see the Doctor too but he was doing his on air lesson over in the school room. That’s ok – the Doctor went to him. A house call if you will. See – VIP’s!!! I told you! Ruth went over to the school room to give him the once over.
They are usually finished before lunch, so we head back up to the airstrip and wave them off for another month. Off they go to their next station where they will stay the night.
For all of those plane nerds out there (yes I am looking at you Dad) this one is a PC-12. But you already knew that, didn’t you!!!
Been to the Doctor lately or did they come to you?
Did you have to wait long?