Gympie Hospital budget gets $1.6m boost
THE Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service has allayed fears Gympie Hospital will lose funding under the Labor Government.
The budget for Gympie Hospital is allocated from within the total funding provided to the SCHHS.
Concerns were raised recently by Shadow Health Minister Mark McArdle about funding for rural and regional hospitals.
SCHHS chief executive Kevin Hegarty said the Gympie Hospital budget was undertaken with consideration of service needs and available funds.
"Each year the budget increases to cover service growth and cost increases; for example the 2014/15 budget was an increase of 5.3% on the 2013/14 budget," Mr Hegarty said.
"That represented an actual increase of $1,621,935.
"The SCHHS has detailed its intention of continuing the investment of funds in Gympie Hospital.
"Recent initiatives have seen the appointment of a specialist general physician based at the hospital and the commencement of a day infusion service. The introduction of nurse practitioners within the hospital's emergency department, and allied health led musculoskeletal pathway service, as an alternate pathway of care, which maximises orthopedic surgeons' time to see patients who are most likely to progress to surgery.
"A new cardiology specialist outpatient service is also planned to commence in August this year.
"The addition of telehealth to provide increased outpatient services in the areas of urology, chronic pain and preadmission has further improved access and services... "