House call doctor service starts in Gladstone

TEAMS of after-hours doctors will be making house calls across Gladstone from Saturday morning to help residents who are battling the flu season.

House Call Doctor has made Gladstone a priority, with new Health Department figures showing the number of flu cases across Queensland is higher than anywhere else in the country.

House Call Doctor chief executive officer Wayne Ormond said the service had local doctors and chaperones on the road, bringing back the traditional house call.

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"Residents who are sick can now wait in the comfort of their own home for a doctor to come to them, and it is 100 per cent bulk billed, which means they are not a cent out of pocket," Mr Ormond said.

Queensland Health figures show that in in June nearly half of the patients who went to Gladstone Base Hospital could have been treated by a House Call Doctor in their own home.

Mr Ormond said 2199 patients attended the hospital in June, with 1068 classified as category four or five, which means they had non-threatening conditions.

The service, which was launched across the Wide Bay, Rockhampton and Darling Downs in recent months, is treating hundreds of patients a night across regional Queensland.

House Call Doctor records show up to 90 per cent of patients are seen within three hours.

Mr Ormond said House Call Doctor employed local doctors and chaperones because they knew the local area and could get to patients quickly.

He said House Call Doctor staff provided detailed medical notes to the patient's regular GP.

House Call Doctor operates Monday to Friday from 6pm to 8am, after noon Saturday and 24 hours a day on Sunday and public holidays.

Patients can contact House Call Doctor on 13 55 66 or book online at www.housecalldoctor.com.au.

For a 100% bulk billed home visit, all patients need is a Medicare or Department of Veteran Affairs Card

Gladstone suburbs serviced in the initial roll out of House Call Doctor are:

Barney Point, Beecher, Benaraby, Boyne Island, Burua, Byellee. Callemondah, Clinton, Gladstone, Gladstone South, Glen Eden, Kin Kora, Kirkwood, New Auckland, O'Connell, River Ranch, South End, South Gladstone, South Trees, Sun Valley, Tannum Sands, Telina, Toolooa, West Gladstone, West Stowe.



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