Doctors will help staff new clinic

Phase one of the GP Super Clinic at the UQ Ipswich campus is nearing completion. Watching progress are project manager Toni Raso of UQ, Blair MP Shayne Neumann, and Minister for Indigenous Health and Rural and Regional Health Warren Snowdon.
Phase one of the GP Super Clinic at the UQ Ipswich campus is nearing completion. Watching progress are project manager Toni Raso of UQ, Blair MP Shayne Neumann, and Minister for Indigenous Health and Rural and Regional Health Warren Snowdon. David Nielsen

IPSWICH’S GP Super Clinic is just two months away from taking patients, and the centre has promised no one in the region will have their records transferred without permission.

The $2.5 million facility at the University of Queensland campus will see several non-Ipswich doctors brought to the city, but Ipswich GPs will also be used.

The Queensland Times yesterday reported on upset patients from the West Moreton Clinic on Bell Street whose records were transferred to the new Riverlink Medical and Dental Centre without their consent after West Moreton Clinic’s doctors relocated.

GP Super Clinic project manager Toni Raso said the doctors brought in from Ipswich clinics would not take their patients’ records with them unless they had permission.

“No, that won’t be happening here. They would need consent first,” Ms Raso said.

“We do not have exact numbers on how many of the 14 or so doctors we need will be from outside Ipswich, but there will be a fair few.”

The super clinic will be a one-stop shop, with a variety of services from psychologists to physicians, dermatologists and dieticians. It will also act as a training ground for the university’s medical students, providing them with an on-campus area to learn the trade.

The facility will open in September this year, while a new pharmacy centre adjacent to the super clinic will open in September 2011.

Federal MP for Blair Shayne Neumann said having young medical students studying and doing their internships in Ipswich would see more doctors stay in the region.

“This will really help this city build itself up as a health hub,” he said.

“There are so many people moving to Ipswich that there will be an increasing demand on GP services, and this clinic will really help service that demand.”

Mr Neumann said he sympathised with the patients of the West Moreton clinic.

On June 19, the clinic’s two owners relocated to the Riverlink practice, which is operated by Primary Health Care.

They took with them the clinic’s patient records, some of whom had never been treated by them.

“That situation will not happen here,” Mr Neumann said.

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