Warrgo MP Ann Leahy with Terri and David Fitzgerald.
Warrgo MP Ann Leahy with Terri and David Fitzgerald.

Warrego MP hoping to obtain ‘life saving’ medical equipment

IF elected, Warrego MP Ann Leahy said the LNP will commence the process to obtain a CT scanner in Charleville and will commit $50,000 towards the business case.

A partnership could be developed between Southern Queensland Rural Health to deliver a CT training hub in Charleville.

“The business case needs to be developed on a service and training model and the LNP government will make this happen,” Ms Leahy said.

“I am advised that it can cost up to $100,000 per month to transfer patients from places like Charleville and Augathella to other centres for head and abdominal CT scans.

“Charleville is also outside the 200 km radius for Ambulance transfer, meaning that all CT cases are transferred by air, however it has come to my attention that there is not always an air transfer available and patients have made the trip by car.

“Currently, residents in Charleville and surrounds can travel up to 11 hours roundtrip to Roma for a simple CT scan.”

Ms Leahy said having a CT scanner in Charleville will not only boost capability for the local health service, but it will save taxpayers money in the long term and reduce time for patients that are away from their families.

“The more health professionals we can train in the regions, the more regional communities can have access to this life saving equipment in the future,” Ms Leahy said.

“Communities of Longreach and Mareeba both have CT Scanners in their hospitals – Mareeba is less than an hour’s drive to Cairns and Longreach has a lower population than Charleville.

“I believe it is important that we have first class equipment in Charleville to service the districts population and train the next generation of regional medical staff.”


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