TI Diabetes Clinic relocating to PHCC
3 August 2018
Thursday Island’s Diabetes Clinic will relocate from the hospital to the Primary Health Care Centre (Sibuwani Ngurpai Meta) from Monday, 27 August.
Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service Acting Executive General Manager North Mark Goodman said the move was designed to make the clinic more easily accessible at a more central location.
“The Diabetes Clinic was situated next to the Pathology Department in the Thursday Island Hospital building and also delivered services from the adjacent Community Wellness Centre,’’ Mr Goodman said.
“This initiative is in keeping with our strategy to move primary care services back to the more central and accessible Sibuwani Ngurpai Meta.
“The clinic will operate from there on a fortnightly basis from 27 August.’’
Currently, the Diabetes Clinic is staffed by a doctor, a clinical nurse, an Advanced Health Worker, a dietitian, a nutritionist, a podiatrist and podiatry assistant.
Additional Allied Health support also is available as required.
Mr Goodman said the move from the hospital to Sibuwani also would make it easier for the Thursday Island oral health service to participate in the fortnightly diabetes clinics and check clients’ oral health.
“As the oral health service is also based at the PHCC, they will easily be able to deliver their service to the diabetes clinics,’’ he said.
Mr Goodman said the space at Thursday Island Hospital previously used by the Diabetes Clinic would be taken over by the hospital’s growing Midwifery Group Practice.
“Our midwives will use the former Diabetes Clinic space to deliver their ante and post-natal services,’’ he said.
Mr Goodman said a blessing ceremony would be held at the old Diabetes Clinic at the hospital before the Midwifery Group Practice took over the premises for their services.
* The Midwifery Group Practice at Thursday Island Hospital can be contacted on 4069 0222.