Karen Gibson and her daughters Jasmine, 2, and Keira, nine months, are grateful for the new Gladstone Hospital paediatrician
Karen Gibson and her daughters Jasmine, 2, and Keira, nine months, are grateful for the new Gladstone Hospital paediatrician

City finally gets a paediatrician

By ZOE SINCLAIRzoe@gladstoneobserver.com.au

AFTER a two year search for a paediatrician for Gladstone, the wait is over.

Former Royal Children's Hospital (Brisbane) Medical Superintendent Dr Bob McCrossin had his first day on the job yesterday and nobody was more pleased than Karen Gibson.

Mrs Gibson's first daughter, two and a half-year-old Jasmine, has a minor heart murmur which has necessitated her regularly traveling to Rockhampton to visit a paediatrician.

"It would make a huge difference especially for those families that are regular visitors,'' Karen said.

"At one stage we were up there at least three times in two months. "It's stressful enough having a sick child and it's a full day trip. It will be great to have one in town for a quick five minute appointment.''

Dr McCrossin's appointment comes after an exhaustive search by Gladstone Hosptial following the retirement of Dr Joseph Reid in November 2003.

Dr McCrossin had previously filled in at Gladstone Hospital as Acting Medical Superintendent and saw Gladstone as an opportunity to return to his roots - paediatrics specialising in endocrinology and diabetes.

"I was looking for a bit of a change,'' Dr McCrossin said.

"I like full time work, I like working in the public health system... so I thought why not?

"You can do the whole range. You can resuscitate a premature baby all the way to doing behaviour clinic.

Dr McCrossin will treat all but the most acutely ill children.

In the meantime he will enjoy be- ing away from the city lights and putting to use a Masters in astrono- my, one of his interests along with sailing, that brought him to Gladstone.

Gladstone District manager Ro- byn Goffe was thrilled with his ap- pointment.

"You advertise and advertise and advertise unfortunately to no avail until fortunately he came up,'' Mrs Goffe said.

"It's going to save that long drive to Rockhampton, Bundaberg or Brisbane and he will also support the GPs.''

Dr McCrossin has worked as pae- diatrician since 1979 and as Medical Superintendent for 14 years at the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane.



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