John Radnedge, David Hayes, Eugin Radas and Barry Ryan were heartbroken when they found out they wouldn't be able to travel to Rockhampton for specialist treatment with the ceasing of the Gladstone Rotary Medical Bus service.
John Radnedge, David Hayes, Eugin Radas and Barry Ryan were heartbroken when they found out they wouldn't be able to travel to Rockhampton for specialist treatment with the ceasing of the Gladstone Rotary Medical Bus service. Paul Braven

Wheels of medical bus still turning thanks to funding

IT'S good news for sick patients in Gladstone, with the Rotary Medical Bus to be back on the road by July 20.

The Central Queensland Hospital and Health Board will now fund the bus, with a $10,000 buffer to start with which will cover two months of the bus' expenses.

The bus, which was funded by Santos GLNG, stopped running on June 5 after the funding ran out.

Now, the bus will be funded by a Patient Transfer Subsidy Scheme. A patient will be required to bring a referral form from their doctor in order to get on the bus.

It's a pilot program which is a first in Queensland and Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher said it was exciting for the region.

"It's been a lot of stress for people who need it, something serious could have happened if they didn't have the bus," he said.

"It's fantastic but it hasn't just happened overnight."



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