Second car on the way for house call doctor service

THE house call doctor service will bring a second car to Gladstone to help keep up with the demand for the service.

A week on since they started, chief executive officer Wayne Ormond said the doctors had seen between 20 and 30 people each day.

The Gladstone Show public holiday was their busiest day, with 40 patients seen.

He said 50% of their visits were flu-related.

Many patients had a "nasty tummy bug" and other visits were for ear aches and chicken pox.

"The most important thing is that if you've got sick children after hours the only option is to go to the emergency department," Mr Ormond said.

"But that's not where the patients we see, which are non-life threatening should be going," he said.

The service runs from 6pm - 8am, with the aim of alleviating numbers at the emergency department of the Gladstone Hospital, when GP services are closed.

The emergency department had 11 patients come through the system from Saturday till Wednesday.

This was down from 25 the week prior.

The second car will be on the road by Saturday.



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