Qld GP begins rebuild after floods

AS QUEENSLAND continues to rebuild in the wake of the devastating floods that affected much of the state, one GP is preparing to reopen his practice in a temporary demountable facility donated by a mining company operating in the area.

Even before the first resident of Theodore had returned from flood evacuation, Dr Bruce Chater had wrung out the Theodore Medical Centre and relocated it to the local hospital.

In January the practice was inundated in the floods, and Dr Chater and his wife Anne were forced to watch as 30 years of “blood, sweat and tears” was washed away, along with more than $130,000 worth of equipment and furnishings.

Undeterred, Dr Chater borrowed space in the hospital to continue treating patients. 

He will soon move again, this time to a demountable premises borrowed from the nearby Anglo Coal Mine.

“It is temporary and it’s a mining donga that [the mine] has been kind enough to