WHAT'S ON IN GIN GIN
Growing needs of locals and the wider region catered for
WORK has begun on an extension to Gin Gin Hospital which will combine the town’s existing general practice and expand services to local patients.
The extension will provide a modern general practice – containing additional consultation rooms and a dedicated procedure room – enabling it to expand private practice appointments.
Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service chief operating officer Debbie Carroll said Gin Gin Hospital’s extension would provide a purpose-built GP surgery that would give it capacity to offer more general practitioner appointments.
“Our hospitals across the region’s smaller rural centres including Gin Gin employ medical superintendents who also act as the local general practitioner,” she said.
“These valuable doctors provide both public and private medical services to these towns, so it is important to ensure there are sufficient general practice facilities to enable these doctors to meet the needs of local patients.
“The extension to Gin Gin Hospital is about providing a modern general practice which will meet the needs of local patients, reduce waiting times for an appointment and handle future increases in patient numbers.”
Having a modern general practice was essential to attracting medical superintendents to work at public health facilities, making the extension a strong future investment in both private and public health services in the Gin Gin area.
“Integrating the general practice into Gin Gin Hospital also provides quicker and easier access to the medical superintendent during emergencies,” Ms Carroll said.
“Being onsite enables quicker and easier access to the doctor, which can be an important factor during emergency medical care.”
Gin Gin GP and medical superintendent Dr Riazal Ali said the new building would provide four new consultation rooms and a larger waiting room.
He said this would enable them to hire more staff and reduce waiting times, as there is currently a two-week wait to see a GP.
Dr Ali said everything would be all in one place and cater for the growing community and wider region.
“We only have two consultation rooms currently and on Friday we are down to one as the chronic health nurse occupies one room,” he said.
“We are hoping to be in by March 2016.”
Dr Ali said he hoped the hospital extension would encourage other doctors to stay, as there is a large turnover of doctors in Gin Gin.
Debbie Carroll Being onsite enables quicker and easier access to the doctor
GIN GIN HOSPITAL: Extension to the hospital are underway.