Gladstone Hospital gets new Orthopaedic Clinic

24 January 2017

Gladstone Hospital is introducing a specialist orthopaedic clinic today, reducing the need for patients to travel away for treatment.

Executive Director Gladstone-Banana Jo Glover said specialists would run clinics twice a week, providing assessment and review of all orthopaedic patients locally in Gladstone.

“Previously we’ve had limited access to dedicated orthopaedic services in Gladstone, but we are delighted to launch this new service locally,” she said.

Rockhampton Hospital Director of Orthopaedics Dr Adriaan Smith said the clinic would allow more Gladstone people to be seen locally for everything from broken bones to arthritis and other chronic conditions.

“Our team has provided a telehealth clinic to Gladstone every Wednesday, and this popular service will continue. It’s very valuable in cutting travel times for our patients; however it doesn’t replace face-to-face consultations, which we are now able to offer.”

The service will start with consultations, but will grow to include minor surgeries in Gladstone as it becomes more established.

“It is always our aim to provide as many services locally as possible to avoid travel, this is another example of working hard to meet the community’s healthcare needs,” Ms Glover said.

Member for Gladstone, Glenn Butcher MP, welcomed the first clinic.

“I have been advocating at every opportunity to get this essential service back up and running here in Gladstone and I am pleased to see it has happened,” he said.

Mr Butcher commended the CQHHS on its efforts and said he looked forward to working together to ensure that essential medical services were offered to patients in Gladstone.