WHAT'S ON IN GIN GIN

Grow­ing needs of lo­cals and the wider re­gion catered for

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By JODIE DIXON

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

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

GIN GIN HOS­PI­TAL: Ex­ten­sion to the hos­pi­tal are un­der­way.

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