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Blackall Hospital Replacement Project

Overview


A $17.9 million Queensland Government funded project to replace the Blackall Hospital commenced in April 2019.

The new hospital will be operational in 2021.

New Blackall Hospital Features


  1. Administration area
    1. Waiting room, reception, office areas and meeting room
    2. Staff Areas
  2. Triage and Accident and Emergency area
    1. Ambulance bays with secure access
    2. Accident and Emergency unit with two resuscitation bays, multipurpose observation bays, short-stay areas with 2 recliner chairs and a low-stimulation room
  3. Clinical areas
    1. 10 bed facility including:
      1. 6 single inpatient rooms with ensuites
        1. Flexible arrangements for overnight accommodation for carers/families of paediatric, palliative care, mental health and other inpatients requiring additional support
      2. Medical Imaging room
  4. Primary Care Area
    1. 8 consultation rooms suitable for General Practice, Allied Health (Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Podiatrist, Dietetics), and Community Health (Child Health, Sexual and Women’s Health)
      1. 2 of these rooms are formatted in interview layout
      2. All rooms have telehealth technology
      3. General Practice services will be delivered from the medical practice consultation rooms
  5. Exterior features
    1. Cost free, mobility scooter recharging bay
    2. Vehicle access for patients, visitors, staff and emergency vehicles
    3. Pedestrian, all-ability access
    4. 24-hour traffic, pedestrian and security lighting
    5. Landscaped garden areas
    6. Security cameras

Latest News


The new Blackall Hospital has well and truly taken shape during May and June, with great progress made on clearly recognisable forms and features.

Key project milestones include:

  • Roofing completed on the main hospital section
  • Nine bay (including disabled) car parking facility concreted and line marked
  • Bulk concrete hardstands and driveways formed and poured
  • Structural internal and external wall framing complete
  • Progressed external metal cladding
  • Mechanical, electrical and hydraulic internal rough-in underway
  • Mechanical ductwork that will circulate the conditioned (cool) air inside the buildings have been installed

Principal Construction team St Hilliers Property, together with support from local building and supply groups, have worked hard to maintain the schedule with the impacts of COVID-19 related changes. Approved changes to construction work hours saw crews commence 7-day works in May-June helping to keep milestones on track.

Crews also incorporated changed health and safety procedures as part of St Hilliers COVID-19 Management and Action Plans, ensuring ongoing risk to the workforce and the Blackall community is minimised. It is great to see all crews engaged with new health and safety procedures, and the resulting collegial culture generated across all work teams during this challenging time. We express our sincere thanks to work crews who adhere to COVID-19 health advice,  you help to keep the Blackall community safe.

The Future of the Existing Hospital Complex


A consortium-led, Commonwealth Government funded feasibility study is underway to determine the future of the existing hospital complex.

Information about the feasibility study will be released by the consortium over coming months.

The consortium includes:

  • Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Division)
  • Blackall-Tambo Regional Council
  • Central Queensland University
  • Central West Hospital and Health Service

Further Information


To find out more information on this project, please contact Karen McLellan, Transition Project Director on Karen.McLellan@health.qld.gov.au.

Last updated: 10 July 2020