A new doctor's surgery set to open in Renwick next month has attracted an overwhelming number of applicants for just four jobs.
Buzz Burrell, who is opening the practice in a converted villa in Renwick's main street, said he had received 220 applications for two nursing positions, one administration position and one reception job.
Dr Burrell launched the search for staff via Tucker Consulting chief executive Andrew Tucker, a general practice manager based in Dunedin.
Mr Tucker said it was the biggest number of applicants he had received for a position he had advertised in "a couple of years".
"It may be that it's a sought- after position, good positions in a sector that is respected, but that would be a guess," he said.
The majority of interest had come from within Marlborough, but there were some international applicants.
"We had some very strong applicants who bring very good skills to the practice," Mr Tucker said.
Dr Burrell said it was "heartbreaking" to have to turn down so many.
"I felt like an X Factor judge . . . there was only one place and two applicants," he said.
Nearly two years in the making, the practice was set to open on February 24 and would have four examination rooms, a play area and car parking.
Dr Burrell would be working four days a week at the surgery and there would be a second doctor on duty for the fifth day.
He had been working with medicine students from Otago University for the past six years and wanted to continue that training both at the new surgery and at Wairau Hospital.
Staff training and orientation would be completed before the surgery opened.
"We've received a huge amount of support for having a local initiative, for Renwick to have its own primary health care facility," he said.
- The Marlborough Express
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