Lifestyle

App is just what the doctor ordered for CQ patients

Michelle Johns and Dr Ceasar Torres are welcoming the creation of a CQ healthsearch app which will allow people to search local providers and book appointments online. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Michelle Johns and Dr Ceasar Torres are welcoming the creation of a CQ healthsearch app which will allow people to search local providers and book appointments online. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

CENTRAL Queensland will be the home of an Australia-first app which will allow people to book doctor's appointments online.

In a bid to provide easier access to primary health services, CQ Medicare Local has secured funding for the online service provider directory and booking system.

The CQ healthsearch app was the brainchild of Tracey Siddins, CQ Medicare Local marketing and communications manager.

"In engaging with community and health care providers across Central Queensland... there was a consistent message that an up-to-date health service directory was desperately needed," she said.

Mackay man receives bravery award after Emu Park fire

Rockhampton councillor Neil Fisher confident of case for military precinct at airport

Rockhampton tattoo studio licence refused - likely Qld's first

The app will cover the areas surrounding Rockhampton and the Capricorn Coast, Emerald, Biloela, Gladstone.

With an aim to reduce the number of non-urgent patients presenting at hospital emergency departments during GP opening hours, CQ Medicare Local have initiated talks with Queensland Health to install healthsearch app kiosks in major emergency departments.

This will allow non-urgent patients to search and book appointments with GPs.

Jean McRuvie, CEO of CQ Medicare Local, said she was thrilled about the positive impact the app would have on the region.

"We see this as much more than just a website," she said. "It is a holistic online health application with a real propensity to change people's lives."

Michelle Johns, practice manager of Rockhampton's Mandalay Medical Centre, believes the app will help patients and doctors.

She hoped having people book online and receive confirmation via text would reduce the number of people who didn't show up for appointments.

Cancellations would be displayed on the app, opening new appointments for other people.

"The benefits are just unbelievable," Michelle said.

"The patients are going to have more flexibility and they're going to be able to choose their own doctor (in the practice)."

Michelle said the cost and time involved in creating an app by themselves would have been "astronomical".

The app is expected to be fully operational by October.

Topics:  app doctor



Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Science Festival seriously awesome

Don't miss the World Science Festival Brisbane!

CALLING everyone who wants to see something totally cool.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Is Brisbane the new arts and culture capital?

Check out GOMA's latest exhibition - it's all about hair! GOMA 10 Ambassador Patience Hodgson visits Nervescape V 2016 by Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir (aka Shoplifter), commissioned for ‘Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything’ at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. 
Photograph: Natasha Harth, QAGOMA

THE rest of the world should be envious of this line-up!

Rocky teen walks runway at NY Fashion Week

CATWALK: A snapshot from one of the five runway shows at New York Fashion Week which Rocky girl Charlie Austin modeled in

It took a 15 hour delay in Los Angeles but this Rocky girl got there

STAY INSIDE: 32 snake bites in 52 days

Hospital figures show 32 people have been bitten by snakes in Central Queensland this year.

What you need to do if you're bitten

Young father breaches child porn court orders

Generic Rockhampton Court.   Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin

Drugs and failure to report lands man in jail

Local Partners

Novel with lots of heart

Be transported to another world with A Quiet Kind of Thunder

Rocky teen walks runway at NY Fashion Week

CATWALK: A snapshot from one of the five runway shows at New York Fashion Week which Rocky girl Charlie Austin modeled in

It took a 15 hour delay in Los Angeles but this Rocky girl got there

Bliss N Eso announce tribute show for stuntman

Bliss N Eso will play a tribute show at Coolangatta in honour of Johann Ofner. The stuntman died during the filming of the group's Friend Like You film clip earlier this year.

BLISS N Eso to play tribute show to raise funds for killed stuntman

MOVIE REVIEW: Trainspotting sequel as good as original

Ewen Bremner in a scene from the movie T2: Trainspotting.

Director Danny Boyle proves sequels can be done well.

How Karl Stefanovic's wife, kids found out about girlfriend

Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough after their day on Sydney Harbour. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Pictures splashed across tabloid were shock to family

WATCH: Toowoomba opera hopeful's incredible voice

Kaitlyn Orange attends Opera Queensland auditions at Empire Theatres for Opera at Jimbour, Saturday, February 18, 2017.

Opera hopefuls vie for parts in performance at Jimbour House

MKR turns spiteful in suddendeath elimination

Alyse and Matt battled Josh and Amy in a spiteful elimination cook-off.

Bottom of the ladder faces off in spiteful sudden-death cook-off.

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Rocky rentals close to the mark

For Rent sign in front of new house

Far better placed than other CQ cities

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Expert: Why renters, home buyers may struggle

Matusik Property Insights director Michael Matusik.

What's next for the city's housing market

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!