A meeting between Griffith Base Hospital and Dr Maxwell Hopp about the future of his allergy clinic has resulted in no changes being made to the clinic in the short-term future.
Dr Hopp was previously told he was to be moved out of his private rooms in the hospital's children's ward to make way for a public allergy clinic in the hospital's redevelopment, with a community nurse position which also operated at the clinic being re-positioned into the upcoming public clinic.
Griffith Base Hospital's general manager Greg Brylski said discussions between the hospital and Dr Hopp regarding the establishment of a public allergy clinic at the hospital "went well".
"Our aim is to expand access to the services available to our local community," Mr Brylski said.
"We agreed to continue to work out a way that we can establish a public allergy clinic in partnership."
"We will continue to work with Dr Hopp to maintain, and in partnership, expand the services."
Mr Brylski said while discussions are ongoing, the clinic will operate as normal.
"The clinic will continue it its current format including the employment of a community nurse position while we work with Dr Hopp and other clinicians to agree what the partnership model will look like," Mr Brylski said.
Member for Murray Helen Dalton, who pushed for Dr Hopp to maintain his clinic in the hospital through a notice of motion in parliament and a letter-writing campaign directed at state health minister Brad Hazzard, said the result was a "good lesson in people power".
"They will be making provision for him in the master plan," Mrs Dalton said.
"Without the overwhelming support from people, this outcome may have not happened."
"If the changes aren't good for our community then we need to call them out and that's exactly what's happened."
Mrs Dalton said NSW Health and the Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) should take a lesson from the situation and work harder to encourage and keep quality doctors in the region.
"Before they make decisions they need to have adequate consultations and we need to keep what we've got," Mrs Dalton said.
"Fortunately in this case we've been heard and it's fantastic news for us.
"I'm sure they [Dr Hopp and MLHD] will work together to get the best kind of outcome for the community."
Mrs Dalton said she is continuing to work with MLHD to organise a community committee for the Griffith Base Hospital redevelopment and ensure important services are able to come and stay in the region.
"One size for the hospital doesn't fit all," Mrs Dalton said.
"Once we keep people like Dr Hopp, other specialists will come here... and it builds on itself."
Dr Hopp told The Area News the talks were "very positive" and further discussions are due to take place with MLHD next week, but he was pleased to receive the backing of the hospital to keep his clinic in place.
"I'm absolutely ecstatic about it," Dr Hopp said.
Dr Hopp said he was "humbled" by the community response and thanked Mrs Dalton and the members of the community for their support.
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