NEW ARRIVAL: Dr Liyiana Arachchige is the new GP at the United Medical Centre.
NEW ARRIVAL: Dr Liyiana Arachchige is the new GP at the United Medical Centre. Tegan Annett

New GP in Gladstone specialises in pediatrics

ON her first day in her new role, Dr Liyiana Arachchige saw more than 20 patients.

The new doctor at United Medical Centre enjoys pediatric work and is looking forward to the "continuity of care" that comes with the role of a general practitioner.

She and her husband had lived in Rockhampton for two years, where she worked in the emergency department of Rockhampton Hospital.

In January they moved with their now 17-month-old daughter to Gladstone.

"I've seen a few kids today, so I'm happy," she said.

"I love everything about children; they're so innocent and that's why I find them interesting."

Mrs Arachchige studied her Bachelor of Medicine in Sri Lanka and also completed a diploma in pediatrics.

Her contract with United Medical Centre is for the next three years.

"What I like most about being a GP is the continuity of care.

"The patients can accept me as their family doctor and we can have a relationship where I can see them on a regular basis," she said.

"It's great that you're able to know what's happening with your own patients."

Mrs Arachchige worked in a hospital in Sri Lanka for two years before the family made their move to Rockhampton.



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