Hospital board is reappointed

THE Rose City's Dr Ross Hetherington is one of four members of the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Board who have been reappointed to help decide how local health services will be delivered.

Board chair Mike Horan said Dr Hetherington, Cheryl Dalton from the South Burnett and Dr Ian Keys and Trish Leddington-Hill, both from the Western Downs, would all continue to represent their regions again this year.

Mr Horan said achievements since the local board structure was introduced included shorter waiting time for patients.

"More patients are being seen sooner in emergency departments," he said.

"The waiting list for general dental care has been slashed by 80 per cent.

"And infrastructure improvements included a refurbished maternity ward at Stanthorpe and a palliative care facility at Goondiwindi."

Work has also started on a $50.6 million backlog maintenance program to rejuvenate buildings and other facilities across DDHHS over the next four years.

Dr Hetherington has been in Warwick as a private practice GP since 1996.

He has extensive experience in rural medicine and is a co-founder of the Central Queensland Rural Division of General Practice.

Dr Hetherington is a Member of the Aviation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand and a Foundation Member of the Menopause Society of Australasia.

Mr Horan said he welcomed the reappointment of each candidate.

"They've all worked hard and provide great insight into how best to steer the direction of the hospital and health service," he said.

"I am proud of the whole board and its achievements since local management was established in 2012.

"The board has worked closely with the health services executive to make decisions which have enabled big improvements to patient care."

Mr Horan said the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Board managed 20 hospitals, five outpatients' clinics, and six residential aged care facilities in Toowoomba, the Darling Downs, Southern Downs, part of the Western Downs and South Burnett.



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