MPs pledge support for Nebo Medical after doctor leaves

TRAVELLING to Walkerston for a blood test four times a year is just another task Nebo resident and diabetic Gary Coombs may now have to factor into his life.

The future of the Nebo Medical Centre was thrown into jeopardy three weeks ago when its only doctor left unexpectedly.

"I'm concerned," Mr Coombs said.

"I'm a diabetic and have to have a fasting blood test every three months."

As a small business owner, Mr Coombs said he barely had time to travel to Walkerston for the check-up. And he said if his appointment was delayed, time could easily run out on the 12-hour fasting window he was required to have the blood test within.

But Nebo resident Joy Cooper is determined not to let the efforts that went into opening the medical centre, in 2011, go to waste.

"The community fundraised tirelessly to get all the gear in there," Ms Cooper said.

"Efforts are being made to get another doctor or nurse practitioner in."

She described a medical centre as a "vital part of the infrastructure of any town", and important to diabetics like Mr Coombs along with those who didn't have the time or money to travel.

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry also committed help to the medical centre.

As well as applying for funding through the Rural Health Outreach Fund she promised to support an application for a dentist's chair at the centre, made under the Federal Government's National Stronger Communities Fund.

She said this would enable a dentist to regularly visit Nebo.

Member for Mirani Jim Pearce also said he was "very interested" in helping get the centre back on its feet.



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