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Doctor leaving Colborne, affecting 1,500 patients

By Mandy Martin, For Northumberland Today

Dr. Steven Waring

Dr. Steven Waring

COLBORNE -- Colborne is losing the medical practise of Dr. Steven Waring effective the end of December. That has an estimated 1,500 patients scrambling to find a new doctor or alternative health care.

"We're trying to see what the options are," Cramahe Twp. Mayor Marc Coombs said at council Nov. 7. Waring is "returning to the States," Mayor Coombs said.

Coombs, a member of the West Northumberland Physician Recruitment Committee, said the committee, with the Trent Hills Family Health Team, provincial Ministry of Health and Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), is firstly looking to recruit a new doctor. But that process can take a year or more, he noted.

"Secondly, we are looking at an interim "access to care" scenario that would be in place until the successful recruitment of a new doctor. This could 'potentially' look like an office space in Colborne staffed by an RN so initial contact could be made."

In June 2015, Waring replaced Dr. Trevor Hearnden at the Colborne satellite office of Trent Hills Family Health Team. Hearnden retired after over 25 years serving the Colborne and Cramahe area.

Waring was born and raised in Cobourg and practised family medicine in Cobourg from 1988-1994. For the next 20 years, he practised family medicine in the United States, in affiliation with the 120-bed Hays Medical Centre, Kansas. While in Hays, Dr. Waring held various administrative positions, including Chief of Staff (2003) at Hays Medical Centre, Medical Director (1998-2007) at Hays Good Samaritan Nursing Home and was President of the Kansas Medical Society (1997). He also continued to assist in the teaching of medical students throughout his U.S. career.