IT’S OFFICIAL: Gladstone Central Medical Centre co-owner Dr Stephen Rigby officially opens the revamped practice.
IT’S OFFICIAL: Gladstone Central Medical Centre co-owner Dr Stephen Rigby officially opens the revamped practice. Brenda Strong GLADOCC

Revamped medical centre welcomes three new doctors

GLADSTONE Central Medical Centre has welcomed three new doctors, as it unveiled its newly-revamped clinic.

The expansion of the centre will also see four new consultation rooms and provide links to allied health services in the area.

Practice medical director Dr Stephen Rigby officially opened the facility on Tuesday, which has taken several years to get off the ground.

He said the opening of the clinic will ease pressures faced by emergency department staff at the Gladstone Hospital.

"If you can provide the extra doctors, then you are going to take a strain off the hospital system," Dr Rigby said.

"Gladstone Base Hospital is very important to delivering health care to the community.

"It has struggled with funding; it is a shame...that we don't have that funding."

The three overseas-trained general practitioners will add to the nine existing doctors at the clinic.

Gladstone GP Super Clinic has 11 doctors at its Philip St medical hub.

Since the recent population boom, Gladstone's general practitioners have struggled to meet the demand of providing more after-hour services.

Dr Rigby said this was partly because Gladstone clinics found it difficult to attract new GPs to regional areas to work those hours.

The announcement on Tuesday came a week after Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek opened Gladstone's GP Super Clinic.

Dr Rigby assured the timing of the Gladstone Central Medical Centre announcement was coincidental and did not intend to rival the Super Clinic.

"As much as that looks suspicious, you can trust me it's a total coincidence.''

What's new?

  • Three new GPs, adding to existing nine GPs
  • Four new consulting rooms
  • Links allied health services in the area
  • A further 10 specialists available via tele-health