Doctors clinic calls for patients

Merrilands Medical Centre is expanding and is ready to take on new patients.

Dr Paul Riley has been working at the centre since Christmas as cover for Dr Irina Danych, who is on maternity leave.

When she returns, Riley will stay on, and they are looking to expand the practice to accommodate two doctors.

They are still deciding whether to renovate their building or move to larger premises in Merrilands, Riley said.

They will be keeping the books open for new patients.

"Irina has done post-grad in gynaecology and obstetrics," said Riley.

"I have done post-grad in pediatrics, so we're geared up for the young families who are moving into the area.

"We have families who have come from Australia and Auckland."

Riley is also interested in sports medicine and works with the Tukapa Rugby Club and "helps out" with the Taranaki rugby team.

Riley has four daughters aged 6, 5, 2 and one-month-old while Danych has a toddler and a baby, he said.

"So, we're in tune with the stresses of having young children."

Riley, who is originally from Northampton in England, moved to Taranaki to work at the Taranaki Base Hospital's Emergency Department and in pediatrics.

"We came for nine months and we're still here five years later," he said.

Just over two years ago he decided he wanted to apply his skills in the community and has gone on to work for GPs in Stratford and New Plymouth.

He said he was looking forward to establishing his own practice.

"I really enjoy being in Merrilands. They are lovely people, never a dull moment.

"I like meeting people and I like talking to people."

The Merrilands practice is open to anybody, he said.

Taranaki Daily News