NEW SERVICES: The Lady Bjelke-Petersen Community Hospital staff.
NEW SERVICES: The Lady Bjelke-Petersen Community Hospital staff. Rhiannon Tuffield

Oncology on track next year at private hospital

SINCE the Lady Bjelke-Petersen Community Hospital reopened this year new services have been introduced, and more are on the way in 2017.

South Bank Day Hospital CEO Dr Mark Radford said new services for the area had been moving ahead as planned.

"Trying to ensure we have all the facilities required for our surgeons to carry out specific procedures, one of the things that we've been doing from beginning is look at services the community does require and not what we thing the community requires,” he said.

Dr Radford said there were a number of surgeons doing general surgery at the hospital and two gynaecologist starting services earlier in December.

"Something really good for the community is we're still finalising a start date for orthopaedics and neurology. We hoped they would start this year but will start in the new year,” he said.

"Start fresh in the new year, determined by the surgeons themselves to ensure they can be in Kingaroy on a regular basis.”

Dr Radford said the hospital wasn't rushing into to offering oncology services as Dr Radford wanted to ensure the hospital could provide the highest possible level of patient safety.

"We want to make sure when we offer those services, they are n the best interests of patients; we're talking to a couple of oncology groups and the Cancer Council on how best to offer those services, those discussions are still taking place, it's certainly a priority for us,” he said.

"Until we know we have the right people to deliver services consistently and are erring on the side of caution, we do hope to have something early in the new year.”

Dr Radford said the hospital hoped to work with the public hospitals to provide a complete service to the South Burnett.

"I certainly think they are very important; there are the ones already started or about to start in the areas of optometry and optology, removing cataracts,” he said.

"A great need in another area has been endoscopies and colonoscopies.

"Bowel cancer a major issue in Australia.”

Dr Radford said there was a great need for gynaecology services as well and the hospital was fortunate to secure two gynaecologists to visit the South Burnett on a regular basis.

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