City must be ready to meet needs

THE Gladstone region desperately needs to recruit more medical and allied health professionals, along with additional senior medical officers, nurses and midwives, to be based at Gladstone District Hospital.

I understand that some of these positions have been advertised but are proving difficult to fill.

The Gladstone District Hospital has about 25,000 people a year through the emergency department.

A dedicated emergency wing is a necessity to cope with the growth within our region. In an industrial city such as ours a fully equipped and staffed emergency section is mandatory

We are faced with an influx of workers and their families and many of these new residents will need to access the emergency department for out-of-hours medical assistance.

The arrival of the GP Super Clinic will ease the after-hours pressure but will not be enough to mitigate the proposed growth.

As the population of the Gladstone region grows there will be an increase in births and non-urgent medical and specialists services, and we need to be ready for that.

My wish list includes more funding for the following health services:

oncologist

gynaecologist/obstetrician

paediatrician

orthopaedic surgeon

radiologist (including radiographer/sonographer)

speech pathologist

physiotherapist

occupational therapist and access to visiting specialists on a weekly basis.

The feedback I receive from the public is all about how happy they are with the level of service they have experienced at Gladstone District Hospital, and with the care they have received from hospital staff.