David and his wife/carer June Hayes use the Senior Citizens bus on a regular basis to travel to Rockhampton for medical appointments.Photo Paul Braven / The Observer
David and his wife/carer June Hayes use the Senior Citizens bus on a regular basis to travel to Rockhampton for medical appointments.Photo Paul Braven / The Observer Paul Braven

Medical bus transports Gladstone's elderly to medical help

A LACK of medical specialists in Gladstone forces David Hayes to travel to Rockhampton for appointments.

He says without the aid of Gladstone Central Committee on the Ageing's medical bus he would have to rely on a friend to take a day off work to drive him the one hour and 20-minute journey.

Last year Mr Hayes and his wife, June, had a taste of what it would be like for the bus to be out of action.

They endured it for four weeks, during which time Mr Hayes visited Rockhampton three times.

"I haven't got my own vehicle so I have to rely on friends to run me up," he said.

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Mr Hayes has used the bus since it started operating.

Before that, his friend took days off work to drive him. Now he travels to Rockhampton on the bus every six months for check-ups, but he has used the service more frequently in the past.

Mr Hayes said the bus service was vital to the elderly needing to travel to Rockhampton, but more specialists in Gladstone would be preferable.

Mr Hayes asked why his doctor, a travelling Brisbane prostrate specialist, did not visit Gladstone for one day a month.

"I'm not the only one that suffers from prostate (problems)," he said.

- ARM NEWSDESK



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