Dr Don GunningDr Don Gunning

Dr Don Gunning

As part of Don's duties at Pioneer, he has the opportunity to be the doctor who visits the beautiful Gwen Hardy Lodge at Emu Point. He says it is always a pleasure to drive out there on a Friday morning, which he does every week [holidays & duties excepting]. Gwen Hardy has just passed its 40 point accreditation test, which is a major tribute to the efforts of Sue Wise and her staff. Don deals with a wide variety of residents and their conditions, including the confused and wandering elderly in the “Dementia” unit. He finds the work can be challenging, but frequently rewarding. "It is often the little things that make the most difference for these lovely people" he often says.

Dr Tania Botha

Tania has been visiting Bethel Aged Care facility for a few years now. She has a regular session booked every 2 weeks. Tania tries to see her patients in their home on a regular basis as mobility is such an issue for most of them, and most find it convenient to have their carers and nursing staff on hand. Tania believes that nursing home consults are an essential service to provide, especially if it is considered that these patients are mostly high care patients with multiple health issues. She really enjoys her sessions with what she calls 'the oldies'.

Dr Nigel Baker

Nigel currently looks after 15 patients at Glen Craig Nursing Home in Albany and is deeply interested in providing support to his patients and their families. Nigel has been visiting Glen Craig weekly for quite a few years now and throughouly enjoys the kind and friendly staff there who assist him in his care for his patients. He believes it is very important to provide regular, high quality care to patients at Glen Craig, who often have multiple or complex health issues, but are not able to regularly visit him at the practice. 

Dr Russell Young

Russell has taken care of the Pioneer residents in Annie Bryson Lodge since 2013. He is currently not consulting with patients at Pioneer as he is also the Director of the Emergency Department in Albany. Russell visits Annie Bryson on a weekly basis for rounds and is able to respond at any time to requests for more urgent care. He has a particular interest in Aged Care in an Emergency setting and works closely with the Aged Care Consultant at Albany Hospital to streamline care for the Elderly. He pays tribute to the close-knit and highly functional staff at Annie Bryson who take wonderful care of the residents who live there. He also works closely with the Palliative Care team at the hospital and is able to deliver quality end of life care, in conjunction with accreditation to look after patients in the Hospice. Outside the Nursing Home and the Emergency Department, Russell is an avid golfer playing off a single-figure handicap at Albany Golf Club and coaches junior soccer. 

Dr Jolmer Smit

Jolmer has just recently taken over care of our Clarence Estate patients. He currently visits the facility each week, where he sees his patients in the comfort of their own home. Jolmer is supported by the helpful staff and nurses which he highly values and appreciates, and assist in the care of his patients all year round.