GP clinic snub has Gladstone mum calling for more doctors

Amy Kiffin is concerned about the lack of health services in town. Amy with her son Harley Kaine, 11 months.
Amy Kiffin is concerned about the lack of health services in town. Amy with her son Harley Kaine, 11 months. Christopher Chan

A GLADSTONE mother is upset after being turned away from Gladstone's GP Super Clinic because there weren't enough doctors to treat her ill son on a weekend.

Amy Kiffin noticed something wasn't right with her son Harley Kaine, 11 months, in early August when he couldn't stop vomiting.

Harley was initially treated at Gladstone Hospital, but when his symptoms returned a few days later Amy decided to take further action.

"He wasn't well at all, so we decided to take him to the GP Super Clinic," Amy said.

After phoning the clinic and describing Harley's symptoms, Amy said the Super Clinic told her there was nothing they could do.

"Even after explaining the situation they told me that they did not have any appointments," Amy said.

"It was a point blank no."

Only after phoning seven other GP practices in Gladstone, Amy and Harley were seen at Gladstone Medical Centre in Clinton.

"We were rushed in and treated immediately," Amy said.

"I can't fault the hospital. They did they best they could for my son."

Amy is now calling for more doctors at the new Gladstone GP Super Clinic.

"The Super Clinic is supposed to be an asset in the community, but on that day, it wasn't an asset at all," Amy said.

"They need to find a way to bring more doctors to town and implement more services."

Gladstone GP Super Clinic director Dr John Bird said if the patient explains that they need emergency attention they should go to the hospital.

"The Super Clinic deals with primary health care matters," Dr John Bird said.

When asked whether the Super Clinic needed to employ more doctors, Dr Bird said that was a matter for the state government.

"The problem is that there aren't enough doctors in town at the moment," he said.