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Blackall Hospital progress update

Thursday 10 September 2020


Work is progressing well on the construction of the new $18.9 million Blackall Hospital.

Central West Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive Jane Hancock said health service staff had done a walk-through inspection of the new facility last week.

“This week (7–11 Sept), contractors have been installing door framing and doors and undertaking various mechanical and electrical fit-out works,’’ she said.

“Weather permitting, we expect the hospital build to be completed during October.

“A period of commissioning will then follow, with the hospital expected to be fully operational by early 2021.’’

The new hospital is being built on a site adjacent to the existing hospital, which is continuing to deliver services as normal during construction of the new hospital.

The new hospital will be a 10-bed facility – including two emergency department bays and two observational chairs – which will provide coordinated and integrated healthcare for the community.

Ms Hancock said the hospital also would include more flexible arrangements for overnight accommodation for carers/families of paediatric, palliative care, mental health and other inpatients requiring additional support.

In addition, the primary health component of the building will have 8 consultation rooms that will support a range of clinical and GP services.

Overall, the new hospital will provide capacity to meet expected increases in current and future healthcare demand due to a growing and ageing population and high levels of chronic disease within the catchment population.

The new Blackall Hospital is supporting about 26 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) jobs during its construction period and providing opportunities for local business to participate in the construction.

To date, several local businesses have supplied civil, mechanical and electrical engineering, as well as trade services to support construction activities.

Ms Hancock said a feasibility study was progressing to determine the future use of the existing hospital complex once the new hospital had been completed.

A consortium including Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Division), Blackall-Tambo Regional Council, Central Queensland University and Central West Hospital and Health Service secured $750,000 Commonwealth funding last year to undertake this study.

“Wide-ranging community consultations on various proposals for the use of the old hospital have been completed and several potential options identified,’’ Ms Hancock said.

“These are now being presented to various stakeholder groups and further discussion is under way about selecting a preferred option with which to move ahead.’’

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: 14 September 2020