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Midway finds locum to reopen clinic

The Village of Midway says it has found a temporary doctor to reopen its medical clinic as of March 28.

In a letter posted on the village website, Mayor Martin Fromme says Dr. Hugh Fisher of Pemberton will work as a locum while they “continue to work with our local physicians and Interior Health to secure a long-term solution to our need.”

The clinic has been closed since late last month after the village refused to renew its lease with Dr. Jesse Thompson. It would not say why, but indicated it wants to find a doctor who will keep the clinic open at least three days a week.

In November, it pledged that it was trying to find a replacement for Thompson and that there would be continuous coverage until a replacement was found to take over the practice.

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“When we sent this message to you, we had every confidence to believe that this would be what would take place,” Fromme wrote. However, “Due to unforeseeable protocols and events, this did not take place.”

Fromme added that council has been “deeply concerned about the stress and inconvenience this has caused many in the community. However, we have pressed on with our vision of primary care for Midway.”

Fisher has experience in both his own practice and in rural locum service, Fromme said.

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