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Blackall and Boulia health facilities celebrate anniversaries

Thursday 18 November 2021

News_Blackall and Boulia health facilities celebrate anniversaries

The Central West Hospital and Health Service’s two newest health facilities are celebrating anniversaries this month (November).

Blackall’s new $20.11 million hospital and general practice is celebrating its first anniversary since it started receiving patients in November last year.

Meanwhile, on the western side of the region, the $7.24 million Boulia Primary Health and Wellbeing Centre is celebrating its second anniversary since opening to the public in November 2019.

Central West Health Chief Executive Jane Hancock said the two new facilities were doing their respective communities proud.

“I’d like to thank the Blackall–Tambo Regional Council and the Boulia Shire Council for their strong support in helping us convince government to deliver these two outstanding health facilities for their respective communities,’’ she said.

“The Blackall–Tambo Regional Councill lobbied government strongly on behalf of its residents for the new hospital.

“We received similar support from the Boulia Shire Council and, indeed, the Wellbeing Centre component of the $7.24 million Boulia project was funded by a $572,900 Commonwealth contribution delivered through council.

“Both the new Blackall Hospital and General Practice and the Boulia PHC and the Wellbeing Centre are proving their worth to their communities and will continue to do so for many years to come.’’

The new Blackall Hospital and General Practice project was delivered by St Hilliers Property Pty Ltd, which also previously had partnered with AUSCO Modular (Townsville), to deliver the new Boulia facility.

“Blackall Hospital and General Practice has already delivered more than 3100 occasions of service to the local community, along with 8094 GP consultations,’’ Ms Hancock said.

“And I must say, the gardens at the hospital are growing magnificently and I’d like to thank the hospital’s operational services team who maintain the garden and whose collective green thumbs have contributed to getting it where it is today.

“The feature trees and hedges are certainly starting to mature and have really softened the view.

“Meanwhile, the Boulia PHC and Wellbeing Centre delivered 2040 occasions of service in the 12 months from 1 October last year to 1 October this year, along with 585 GP consultations.

“This compared to 1747 occasions of service during the first nine months of last year and 964 occasions of service for the same period in 2019, prior to the opening of the new facility.

“The new Boulia PHC and Wellbeing Centre is a 21st century facility that is able to deliver 21st century care and this has been very well-received by the local community over the past couple of years.’’


ENDS

For further information contact:

James Guthrie
Principal Media Officer, Rural and Remote Qld
Media and Communication
Department of Health
(07) 3708 5379

Jim.Guthrie@health.qld.gov.au

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Last updated: 23 November 2021