Eye service a great IDEA for Emerald
1 February 2019
CQ Health is providing a new eye service in Emerald thanks to a partnership with the IDEAS Van.
The van is a mobile and fully equipped ophthalmology, optometry and imaging specialist centre equipped with the latest equipment, that travels around rural and remote Queensland.
Indigenous Diabetes Eyes and Screening (IDEAS) was established to substantially reduce blindness and visual impairment among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with diabetes. This service will be provided to all community members in Emerald through referrals by general practitioners (GPs).
Executive Director Rural and District Wide Services Kieran Kinsella is delighted to be able to offer this new service in Emerald.
He said on average 57 patients a month travelled from the Central Highlands for ophthalmology services in Rockhampton or Brisbane.
“Last year there were 686 patient journeys for this service, which often require an escort. To be able to offer this service in Emerald means these patients and their carers will not have the time, expense and inconvenience, of having to travel away from home,” Mr Kinsella said.
“This is in line with CQ Health’s strategic vision Destination 2030: Great Care for Central Queenslanders, which has a primary focus of providing more services closer to home.”
The IDEAS Van will be set up for an open day at Emerald Hospital on Tuesday, February 19, from 11am to 2pm. Locals are welcome to come along and see the state-of-the-art truck during this time.
The first eye clinic for Emerald is locked in for February 20, 2019, and there will be further clinics in April, June, August, October and November.