Miriam Vale has GP again now doctor is driving in

MIRIAM Vale residents, who have been without a GP in the town since late 2013, have been offered some reprieve by Port Curtis Medical Centre which has started weekly services to the community.

Dr Colan McGree plans to visit the town every Friday from 9am and work for as long as appointments are made.

This week will be the third visit by the clinic since starting the service on May 16.

The service has private billing, with patients able to claim back some of the payment on Medicare, while offering bulk billing on script visits.

Dr McGree said he hoped visiting Miriam Vale would save people travelling into Gladstone.

"The people I think about most when we go to these areas are the very elderly. They're often living in a farmhouse in an extended family situation and for them to even go an hour to Gladstone, it's a day trip, it wears them out," he said.

"I'm hoping that those people would find it useful and take advantage of it as well."

He hoped the new service would help build up other businesses in the community.

"I get disappointed whenever I go out into the country, and see country towns losing services," he said.

"You don't see a lot of new businesses starting up there, but these are great places to live."

Dr McGree said based on the first two visits, the demand in Miriam Vale could see services grow in the future.

"I could see if it gets busier that the days of the week could be expanded."

To make an appointment in Miriam Vale, call the Port Curtis Medical Centre in Gladstone on 4972 1111.

Topics:  doctor miriam vale rural health

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