Demand grows for specialist care
THE FRASER Coast Health Service has four consultants who offer paediatric services at outpatients clinics at Hervey Bay and Maryborough hospitals, says Sunshine Coast-Wide Bay Health Service District’s Beth Norton.
“The demand for specialist outpatient services has grown in recent years with a trend for patients to turn to the public hospital system for free specialist medical care.
“Children requiring specialist care are normally referred by their general practitioner.
“Any child suffering life-threatening emergencies is seen immediately as is the case state-wide. Cases are then triaged according to the severity of the medical condition.
“On a weekly basis the number of paediatric patients seen at Hervey Bay Hospital is 62 and at Maryborough the number is 27.
“There is an average wait time for non-urgent paediatric outpatient appointments of 80 days on the Fraser Coast.
“If parents have any concerns about their child’s condition while waiting to see a specialist they should go back to their general practitioner or call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).”