Doctor To Leave Health Centre

St Mary's Health Centre

It’s unclear why a doctor who joined the islands’ GP practice in January has left after less than six months in the role.

Dr Christine Bradshaw worked on a job-share with Dr Angela Rawlings after moving to the islands from a practice in Orkney.

The recruitment of female doctors was in response to requests from the public and the health watchdog LINK.

At the time, Dr Francis Old who manages the Helston practice, the group that run our Health Centre, said he was ‘delighted’ to have found two highly experienced people who understand the challenges of practicing medicine in an island community.

But Dr Old was staying tight-lipped about what had happened yesterday.

Senior Partner, Dr John Garman, acknowledged changes in personnel but he wanted to reassure patients that they have retained two full time GPs, himself and Dr Hessing.

He said locums from the mainland will provide additional cover.

Dr Garman says the level of service has not changed and they will continue to offer a female GP to islanders.

The Chairman of the Council’s Health committee, Dudley Mumford, had not been formally told of Dr Bradshaw’s departure.

Chris Thomas, Scilly’s lifeboat boss, is disappointed as Christine was applying to become the RNLI designated medical advisor. There hasn’t been a doctor in that role since Dr Dalton left the Health Centre.

Dr Bradshaw was a crewmember on an Orkney lifeboat and, in 2007, became the first female GP to be awarded a Bronze Medal for Gallantry after she was winched onto a ship in terrible weather to aid a severely injured crewman.


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