Reduced travel for Gympie residents awaiting surgery

RESIDENTS in Gympie and surrounding areas who are about to undergo surgery have one less thing to worry about, with telehealth pre-admission clinics now available at Gympie Hospital.

The Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service is providing Gympie patients who need to have their surgery at Nambour General Hospital a pre-admission appointment with their specialist, closer to home.

Gympie Health Service director Leuwin Ferguson said for patients requiring surgery at Nambour Hospital, the opportunity to attend a telehealth pre-admission clinic at Gympie meant they did not have as many trips to Nambour.

"This will effectively reduce their travel time and associated inconvenience," Ms Ferguson said.

"Our Gympie patients can now have updated medications information and a management plan available for their pre-admission clinic appointment with an anaesthetist, all without having to leave Gympie."

Chief executive Kevin Hegarty said the telehealth service was an important step in providing expanded services to patients in Gympie and surrounding areas.

"Our aim within the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service is to incorporate telehealth into everyday services to make them more readily available and therefore easier for patients to access," he said.


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