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Charleville to get new GP clinic

New GP clinic for Charleville.
New GP clinic for Charleville. Alasdair Young

A GENERAL practice should be set up and available to the public towards the middle of next year, operating out of the council's Medical Centre in Edward St, Charleville.

Murweh Shire Council Mayor Denis Cook and chief executive officer of the Royal Flying Doctor Service's Queensland section Nino Di Marco announced the intention to establish a GP clinic in Charleville last Thursday.

"This is a great outcome for residents of Charleville and the wider region, particularly as the town's sole GP, Dr Chester Wilson, is looking to retire after many years of service to the community," Cr Cook said.

"The RFDS has an outstanding record of service for the people of regional Australia and we are delighted they have chosen Charleville as the home for this new enterprise."

Mr Di Marco said the new GP practice was an exciting new initiative for the Flying Doctor.

"We are delighted to be able to offer a comprehensive primary health care service through a new GP practice in Charleville," he said.

"The Flying Doctor has had a base in Charleville since 1942, providing emergency evacuations throughout the south-west corner of the state for the past 70 years. We've also provided a range of primary health care services in smaller centres in the region."

Mr Di Marco said the clinic was intended to operate like a normal private practice, with patients claiming the rebates for services through Medicare and their private health insurers. However the doctors would be employed by the RFDS and the practice managed independently by the RFDS.

He paid tribute to Dr Wilson and the Murweh Shire Council, who had provided a wealth of support in developing the practice model.

Although details of the new service have yet to be finalised, Mr Di Marco said the RFDS would introduce a comprehensive service model. It is anticipated the practice will consist of two full-time and one part-time GPs and a nurse practitioner, with the capacity to bring in allied health professionals as needed.

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