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Locked-out Creston doctors hoping to take patients next week

(From left) Drs. Susan Hopkins, Raphael Elemuo and Tara Guthrie found themselves locked out of the Osprey Medical Clinic on Jan. 31. - Lorne Eckersley
(From left) Drs. Susan Hopkins, Raphael Elemuo and Tara Guthrie found themselves locked out of the Osprey Medical Clinic on Jan. 31.
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Physicians who were locked out of Osprey Medical Clinic on Jan. 31 are hopeful that they once again will be able to schedule appointments for patients as early as next week.

“We don’t know exactly when we will be able to take appointments, but I’m optimistic that we are getting closer,” Dr. Tara Guthrie said today.

She said an agreement for temporary space is being arranged and an announcement will be made as soon as possible.

Guthrie and two other physicians, Raphael Elemuo and Susan Hopkins, learned late Friday that the clinic was closing and not expected to reopen. The doctors said the clinic owners breached their contract.

One of the clinic owners, Ken Gadicke, told the Advance on Monday that the clinic and physicians had been unable to negotiate a way to make the business “self-sustaining”.

“We are meeting with the lawyers for the doctors tomorrow morning to come to some sort of resolution and do not wish to comment further at this time,” he told Global News in an email this afternoon.

One barrier to reuniting the physicians with their approximately 3,000 patients has been access to the patients’ medical files.

“We now have access to the system, so that’s really good news, a big help,” Guthrie said after learning that Osprey had not locked the doctors out of the digital patient file system. “We don’t know how long that will last, but we are working through how to make our access permanent.”

Guthrie said that recent test results and prescriptions are being kept up to date on the electronic files, so doctors will be able to reschedule patients who have had recent tests and illnesses.

The Advance will work with the physicians to keep patients informed as more information becomes available.

 

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