Gladstone residents have their say on specialist services
30 October 2019
Gladstone residents have had their say on what specialist outpatient services they’d like to see at Gladstone Hospital.
CQ Health Chief Executive Steve Williamson is delighted that 291 people responded to a survey into what specialist services were needed.
“This has been a fabulous response from the Gladstone community, giving us some great ideas and insight into some of the specialist services residents would like delivered locally,” he said.
Some of the suggestions include: Ear nose and throat specialist, ophthalmology (eye surgery), urology, more mental health services, rheumatology, renal specialist, endocrinology and haematology.
“We have committed to work through all of the responses and, where possible, integrate the ideas into planning for our new Specialist Outpatient Department, to be developed after the new Emergency Department is complete.”
The $42m Emergency Department is on track for completion by mid-2020, after which the current ED will be transformed into a bigger and better space for specialist consultations. Detailed design work for the new department will begin in November.
Mr Williamson said CQ Health has a clear vision of the vital role Gladstone Hospital will play in the future delivery of health services to the Gladstone community and Central Queensland.
“It is essential we continue the planned growth in the volume of services and type of heath care we deliver here in Gladstone.
“Health services will only be introduced when it is safe and sustainable to do so, but we will also explore innovative alternatives to service delivery to reduce the need for Gladstone residents to travel,” Mr Williamson said.