Hospital services expanded
CHARLEVILLE hospital has welcomed the introduction of more localised services, with endoscopy and cardiac stress testing now available at the facility.
In the past, patients would have to travel to Roma, Toowoomba, or even Brisbane for cardiac testing, but now a program from the Princess Alexandra Hospital will bring it to them.
Dr Katie Chang said the change would make things easier for a lot of people.
“I’m very excited to be able to provide cardiac investigation services here in Charleville.
“Having access to services locally is essential to keep our community healthy and know they are receiving the best care,” Dr Chang said.
At the other end of the human body, an endoscopy program that has been successful in Roma and St George will be taken further afield to Charleville.
The program aims to train rural general practitioners to undertake colonoscopies within their own regions, rather than relying on visiting specialists from larger centres.
South West Hospital and Health Service chief executive Linda Patat said the expansion to Charleville was under way.
“As a result of its success, the service already has been expanded further at St George and soon will be expanded also in Roma.
“A full regular monthly endoscopy operating list under the new program will be introduced to Charleville from the beginning of 2019,” she said.
Prior to the trial program being introduced, about 420 South West residents a year were going to Toowoomba for colonoscopies.