HAPPY PATIENT: Dr Matt Wakeley estimates the new paediatric outreach clinic at Monto Hospital will run four times a year. Tyler Keitley is one of the first patients.
HAPPY PATIENT: Dr Matt Wakeley estimates the new paediatric outreach clinic at Monto Hospital will run four times a year. Tyler Keitley is one of the first patients. Annie Perets

New pediatric outreach clinic saves trip to Bundy

RATHER than needing to drive to Bundaberg, Tyler Keitley was able to pop into the Monto Hospital for a pediatric appointment after a school day.

The seven-year-old was one of the first patients to use a new pediatric outreach clinic at the hospital.

His mother, Shannon MacElroy, said the new initiative brought a world of convenience.

"Having the service locally doesn't disrupt schooling, having to travel," she said.

Bundaberg Hospital pediatrician Dr Matt Wakeley will operate the clinic and plans on running the Monto service four times a year.

"Being close to home and saving the burden of travel creates less stress for the children and their families who need to attend pediatric appointments," he said.

"Each visit will be for a day, and we get up to 12 patients in the day.

"Working with kids is very motivational, and they will let you know when they're feeling better."

Monto Hospital assistant nurse Andrew Forsyth said the closer-to-home option allowed patients to feel more comfortable.

"People are familiar here, and coming in for a check-up at a place they know makes it less daunting than having to go away," she said.

"To get into an appointment day, you'd need to be referred to by a doctor."

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service chief executive Adrian Pennington said patients of the clinic would potentially be able to use Telehealth at Monto for follow-up appointments.

"All GP referrals to a pediatrician from the Monto area will be considered for this local clinic, while current paediatric patients at Bundaberg Hospital can request to be seen by Dr Wakeley at the outreach clinic instead," he said.

Dr Wakeley hopes to provide educational sessions on children's health issues to local staff during future visits to Monto Hospital.


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