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First locally-trained GP joins surgery

Sat, 16 Dec 2017

The first fully qualified GP to be trained entirely on the Isle of Man is now working at one of the Island's surgeries.

Dr Melanie Schick has been appointed as a partner at Palatine Group Practice after completing a programme established by the Department of Health and Social Care five years ago.

Dr Schick previously worked as a doctor in orthopaedics at Noble's Hospital, but would previously have had to train off-Island to become a GP.

Those completing the course have to spend three period of six months covering specific areas at Noble's, as well as spending 18 months gaining experience in a GP practice.

The programme was established to address a shortage of GPs on the Island.

A further six trainees are currently taking part in the training scheme, with two due to qualify next year.

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