The practice team (from left): Melanie Müller, Dr. Sabine Weidner, Johanna Rohrmüller, Dr. Lukas Zimmerhackl and Katrin Allwang. © Birgit Lang
Dr. Lukas Zimmerhackl succeeds Dr. Hans Regensburger (68). The 30-year-old doctor moved to the countryside because of love.
Taufkirchen – For a long time, the search for successors for the existing general practitioners' practices in Taufkirchen and Holzland seemed almost hopeless. The first glimmer of hope was the re-establishment of the practice of Dr. Sebastian Hartmann, who wants to move into the planned medical center on the Gutswiese. Now there is another new addition: Dr. Hans Regensburger can finally retire with a clear conscience at the age of 68. With Dr. Lukas Zimmerhackl, he has found a doctor who will join the group practice with Dr. Sabine Weidner in his place on July 1.
This was also urgently needed, because the six GP practices have around 11,000 inhabitants in Taufkirchen and another 5000,65 inhabitants in Holzland. And four of the doctors are already over <> years old.
After finishing school and studying in Munich, Dr. Zimmerhackl worked at the Rechts der Isar Clinic in Dorfen for a good two years, during which time he completed his training as an emergency physician. For another two years he worked in the family practice of Dr. Fütterer in St. Wolfgang, and for six months in the pediatric practice of Dr. Westphal in Taufkirchen, he learned essential facts about childhood diseases. Most recently, he got to know the direct comparison between family doctor in the big city and family doctor in the countryside from his father in the family practice Dr. Zimmerhackl in Munich.
There are family reasons why he decided to become a family doctor, says the 30-year-old. "I've always had my father as a role model. Since he is also a family doctor and I had a lot of insights into his everyday life, I knew that this was also the right thing for me," he explains. "In addition, I want to be able to help as fully as possible and not be limited to one discipline."
With Dr. Fütterer, he was then able to learn what it means to be a family doctor in the countryside and how important it is for the rural population as a doctor. "I also see myself as a family doctor and would like to support as many generations as possible in difficult life situations. This is probably the best way to implement this as a family doctor."
Originally, the young physician wanted to take over his father's practice in Munich. But firstly, the need for doctors in the countryside is too great for that, and secondly, he has now started his family with his wife and young daughter in nearby Buchbach. "I want to practice close to home," he says. Because he originally moved from the big city to the countryside for love: "That's where we'll stay."
When the native of Munich read a report in the Dorfener Anzeiger about the shortage of doctors and the closure of the MVZ in Taufkirchen, it was clear to the young general practitioner that he wanted to settle there. So he visited the Taufkirchen family doctors and got to know Dr. Regensburger and Dr. Weidner better. "The chemistry between us was just right."
What ultimately convinced him about this practice was the way he worked as a typical family doctor for several generations, including the work in old people's homes and home visits, as well as the more than friendly staff in the practice.
Together with Dr. Weidner, he will continue the practice as a group practice from 1 July. Much will remain the same, but there will also be some changes. Probably the most important innovation will be that in the future there will be a compromise between an appointment consultation and an open consultation or emergency consultation. "This will certainly be a challenge for staff and patients, but it will bring some advantages," emphasizes the 30-year-old, explaining: "We doctors and staff have a largely structured working day, and patients can express their concerns in a period of time that is appropriate for them."
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In the future, appointments will be made from Monday to Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. and an open emergency consultation hour will be available from 10.30 a.m. to 12 p.m. There will also be appointments on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and an emergency consultation hour from 11.30 a.m. to 13 p.m. The remaining opening hours are to be continued unchanged for the time being.
Dr. Hans Regensburger is retiring after 35 years as a general practitioner. But he doesn't want to retire completely into private life just yet. He wants to continue a homeopathic medical practice in house 7, municipality of Dorfen, on a purely private medical basis. He can then be reached on tel. (0 80 84) 23 20.