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New round of Longreach Hospital upgrading works has started

Monday 1 February 2021

News_New round of Longreach Hospital upgrading works has started

Works have started on the next stage of a $4.75 million electrical and mechanical upgrade at Longreach Hospital.

Assistant Minister for Health and Regional Health Infrastructure Julieanne Gilbert said the works were part of an ongoing program of improvements at Longreach Hospital that had been under way over the past four years.

“The latest works, combined with previous upgrading and refurbishment works undertaken since early 2017, brings the total amount invested over the past four years on improving Longreach Hospital to $20.1 million,’’ she said.

Mrs Gilbert said the upgrading and refurbishment works at Longreach ensured healthcare delivery in a facility equipped for the 21st century.

“This is an investment that will benefit Central West residents for some years to come,’ she said.

The latest round of works started from 18 January, for completion in 2022. The works will involve:

  • Internal roof upgrades in the general ward, maternity ward and main foyer areas
  • Maintenance on the internal wall between theatre and wards
  • Upgrade to fire systems
  • Installation of permanent, external trade access into the general ward areas
  • Upgrade to Palliative Care areas to better support patients and their families.

Central West Hospital and Health Service Acting Chief Executive Craig Carey said the latest round of works would be undertaken progressively over an extended period to ensure disruption to clinical services was minimised.

“There will be some increased construction traffic around Jabiru and Plover streets and the hospital laneway and parking areas,’’ he said.

“There will also be temporary changes to parking locations that will be communicated to the community and visitors as required.

“I would like to thank patients, visitors and staff, as well as our neighbours around Longreach Hospital, for their patience as we carry out these essential works to improve our hospital.’’

Mrs Gilbert said the works, as with previous works at Longreach Hospital and other health facilities in the Central West – including Alpha, Aramac, Barcaldine, Blackall and Boulia – would provide opportunities for local businesses and contractors to participate.

She said the latest Longreach Hospital works formed part of a total package of more than $60 million worth of health infrastructure works in the Central West over the past four years that had either been completed, were currently under way or about to start.

Mrs Gilbert said previous upgrading works at Longreach Hospital had delivered:

  • A new maternity unit;
  • A new day surgery unit;
  • A new medical imaging department that includes the Central West’s first CT scanner;
  • Upgraded emergency department;
  • New air-conditioning system;
  • Extensive upgrades to the nurse call and medical gases systems.


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For further information contact:
Lucy Collier
0409 461 324

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Last updated: 3 March 2021