Reaction in the Coolah community and on social media - where most residents learned of their GPs departure - has been passionate.
Dr Abbas Haghshenas Adermanabadi announced he would be leaving the community on social media, saying his decision to leave followed contract negotiation, the terms of which Dr Haghshenas was unhappy with.
Coolah locals say they feel like they've been left in the dark since learning of the doctors exit.
"It's worrying, because I have kids, if something happens to them I'd be extremely worried because there is a lack of doctors available," one Coolah mother, who wished not to be named, said.
"If there's no doctor - even if there was - I'd have to call an ambulance.
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"Depending on what's happened, half an hour down the road compared to two minutes down the street can mean life and death."
Coolah residents now have just one GP, and patients could be forced to travel to Dubbo, Gulgong, Mudgee or elsewhere for health services or in an emergency.
"A bloke was telling me the other day he called up the line you ring to speak to a doctor and someone picked up in Sydney. So you tell me what's going on," said another man.
"I can't understand why they're not replacing him, it's got me beat."
Coolah will miss your contributions, thanks very muchPeter Camilleri
The sentiment has been similar on social media.
"Well we all know by now of course that Doctor Abbas has gone and can only guess the circumstances. He has been a GP for many of us and a very good one as far as I am concerned.
"Thank you Abbas for your efforts over the time you have been in Coolah.
"My family and I thank you for your attention to our medical requirements over the past five years and wish you all the best for the future.
"Coolah will miss your contributions, thanks very much," wrote Peter Camilleri in one post on a local Facebook page.
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