Hospi­tal ser­vices ex­panded

Western Times - - NEWS -

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.

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