The Gladstone Hospital has hired more specialists than ever before with 15 new specialists set to begin this month. The great news for locals comes as the hospital changes its service from a rural model on locum doctors to “specialist led”.
One of the biggest improvements will be increasing from having only one paediatric specialist to three. This will mean less children being transferred to Rockhampton with sufficient staffing levels here in Gladstone.
The hospital also plans to improve services for women entering labour. At the moment, the hospital is able to deliver a baby at, or after 37 weeks, but believe that they can make staffing improvements and provide training to bring that figure back to 35 weeks. This vision is to also reduce the number of women needing to travel to Brisbane or Rockhampton to give birth. It will also reduce the waiting list for women with a referral to see a gynaecologist.
With the new specialists the hospital also hopes to decrease the waiting time for those requiring the operating theatre to two weeks after their initial meeting with the doctor.
Clinical directors are also anticipated to be appointed to the emergency, general medicine, surgery, obstetrics, gynaecology and paediatrics wards. This will be in addition to a deputy director of medical services that will oversee the medical services of the entire region.