News

Radiology services set to expand at hospital

GLADSTONE patients are the healthy winners in a deal signed by Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service and CQ Radiology.

CQ will provide medical imaging - including extra equipment and services - for the Gladstone Hospital.

A new CT scanner, extended x-ray hours and an on-site radiologist are part of the deal, which was revealed yesterday.

An ultrasound and echocardiogram service will also visit Biloela each week.

The move was welcomed by one of the city's longest serving GPs.

Gladstone Central Medical Centre's Dr Stephen Rigby, said it was a "significant improvement", particularly as the waiting time for CT services could be long and patients were often forced to travel to Rockhampton to get scans.

"If it is a new generation CT machine that is of a higher standard than what we have presently that's a step forward," said Dr Rigby, who has practised here for 37 years.

"The fact that they're extending the ultrasound and echocardiogram service to Biloela is a bonus for people who have to travel."

CQHHS would not reveal the cost, but chairman Charles Ware said it "is only slightly less than what is currently spent".

"There is no cost to our public patient," he said.

"The opportunity for us to tap into an expert medical imaging provider who can deliver more services in more locations was just too good a proposition for us to pass up."

Change won't mean job losses, boss says

THERE will be no job losses when CQ Radiology begins providing services at Gladstone Hospital in October.

Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service board chairman Charles Ware said fears some staff would be out of work could be put to bed.

"We promised we would put significant weight in the selection criteria to ensure employment for our staff," he said.

"We have been able to achieve exactly that. Every employee will have a position."

He said CQ Radiology would employ CQHHS radiographers and sonographers.

CQHHS will employ all other staff including nurses, administration officers and operational service officers.

Topics:  gladstone hospital, health, radiology




Magistrate sends man's 'serious' sex act case to district court

FILE PHOTO: Gladstone Courthouse, Yarroon St.

Sex intruder case 'serious', goes to District Court

Busy Gladstone facility to receive $3m revamp

Community and youth development officer Bec Frost is really happy about the new funding for the PCYC. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer

The expansion will boost jobs too, with a "locals first” focus.

Bail refused for man accused of having 7.6g ice in car

FILE PHOTO: A drug analysis has yet to be completed but Gladstone man David Johnson has been charged with having 7.6g of ice.

Bail refused for fencer after police find ice in his car

Latest deals and offers

Tom Hiddleston's Instagram account hacked

Actor Tom Hiddleston

Thor star the latest celebrity targetted by hackers

Charlize Theron's son dresses up as Frozen character

Actor Charlize Theron

Star's son spotted dressed a beloved Frozen character

BOOKS: Food for thought in Caroline Beecham's latest novel

Maggie's Kitchen by Caroline Beecham is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99.

New novel reminds readers that bravery exists in many forms

TELEVISION: New show is a Survivor, for now

Jonathan LaPaglia hosts the TV series Australian Survivor.

WHAT happens when a new show with a big budget flops?

Rachel Weisz understands celebrity gossip fascination

Actor Rachel Weisz

Weisz says mystery is good for an actor

Gina Rodriguez relished dramatic change for new film

Jane the Virgin lead Gina Rodriguez

TV star shaved her hair for movie role

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Gladstone landlords in trouble with Bechtel job losses

"If a big project was announced tomorrow I wouldn't want to see it"