Bushfire response: GPs pitch in

Winmalee-based GP Dr Michael de Vries said his Yellow Rock home had luckily been spared by fires that destroyed many other properties in his street.

"Our practice takes in a lot of the patients who have lost their houses, and we are seeing a lot of the general impact on a lot of people – stress and anxiety, that kind of thing," he said.

"In the initial stages, there was some urgent and semi-urgent stuff like eye problems and minor burns and then, of course, all the lost scripts – people staying with others and they did not have their scripts with them.”

He said patients of 30 years had made the decision to leave the area but most would rebuild.

Penrith GP and Nepean-Blue Mountains Medicare Local (NBMML) chair Dr Shiva Prakash has been treating patients at an emergency centre established at the Springwood Sports Club last week.

Dr Prakash said that along with treating minor burns and other injuries as well as