Residents have had their say on the new interim GP clinic opening later this week.
Katherine Times today asked some people that they thought about the town's ongoing health crisis.
It has taken too long for an interim solution to be found, one local woman, who did not want to be identified, said.
"I think people are waiting for the big answer," she said.
The NT Primary Health Network yesterday said an interim clinic would be opening in Katherine from Thursday but could only operate for a day a week until more doctors were found to staff it.
"It's such a big deal in a small town," the woman said.
The woman said she lives at Tindal RAAF Base, and said residents there were hoping RAAF would step in to provide some relief.
"We were hoping that they would step in and say we can all come out there to take the load off," she said.
Maggie Collins of Katherine said she's worried one day a week won't be enough to meet the medical needs of more than 8500 Katherine patients.
"I guess everyone's trying to crash in and get there on Thursdays," she said.
"I don't know how that's going to work ... it's going to be a bit rich expecting everyone to get in on the one day."
However she added it was good an interim solution had finally been found.
Keirin Collins was also disappointed by the GP crisis.
Mr Collins said he'd known the Gorge Health staff for a long time and was not happy with the interim clinic only being available for one day a week.
"I'm gutted, man," he said.
People in Katherine also took to social media to voice their concerns about the interim clinic, commenting on yesterday's story announcing the new interim GP .
"One day a week for 9000 people yeah that's going to work," one said.
"What a joke but I suppose it's better than nothing," said another person on the same post.
Meanwhile signs were put up out the front of Rocky Ridge Aged Care Facility as the interim clinic prepares to open later this week.
The NT Primary Health Network has confirmed the interim GP service, operated by Arafura Medical Clinics will start this week, but will only operate on Thursdays.
Appointments can be booked by calling 8950 4853 for appointments between 9am and noon and 1.30-4.30pm on Thursdays.
Work on a longer term service is progressing, a PHN spokeswoman said.
In addition to the interim service, Katherine residents can continue to access the following services:
All emergency situations, go to the Katherine Hospital ED as you normally would
For routine appointments, you can access telehealth services by having one facetoface appointment with a Darwin practice, which then gives you access to telehealth for up to 12 months
Additionally, you can access:
o HealthNow services from 8am - 6pm available at a cost of $79.00, afterhours telehealth service available 6pm - 8am weekdays, after 12pm Saturday and all day Sunday/Public Holidays) - telephone 1800 931 165 (no cost)
o Pharmasave Katherine (pharmacy services, some vaccinations and able to provide medical certificates based on a medical assessment, cost $30)
o Headspace telehealth services for youth aged 12 - 25 in partnership with Arafura Medical (available locally without travel to Darwin) telephone 8912 4000
o Wurli Wurlinjang Aboriginal Corporation telephone 8972 9100 (eligible clients only)
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