Karratha has welcomed two new general practitioners to town to ease pressure on vital medical services. Dr Aysen Kolat joined the team of three GPs at Sonic Karratha last week, bringing knowledge of the Pilbara, having previously worked in Tom Price. Sonic Health Plus WA business manager Claire Kelly said Dr Kolat’s interests made her the perfect fit for Karratha. “In Karratha, what we really notice is it’s a big young family town,” she said. “Dr Kolat has a big interest in women’s health and paediatrics, as well as skin screening and dermatology, so that is why we are excited, while we would be excited to have any new doctor join us, but particularly someone that is really going to target the needs to the community. “At the moment we have been struggling with the availability of doctors and we know that providing that primary health care is extremely important, so it means that we shouldn’t have the same wait times to get appointments.” Also new to town is Dr Kudzai Chirashanye, who started at the Karratha Medical Centre in March, with interests in occupational health, infectious disease management, and chronic disease management. Healius Medical Centres general manager Rodney Rudling said the Karratha Medical Centre played a key role in the community by supporting health and wellbeing through quality, affordable and accessible frontline care. “With the addition of Dr Chirashanye to the team of GPs, not only will patient wait times be reduced but his areas of interest are well suited to support the needs of the community,” he said. According to the City of Karratha’s 2020 community survey results, access to health services was rated as the most important liveability factor, but residents believed its current performance was low. City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said earlier this year the number of doctors servicing the community had declined.