CQ Health steps up for Gladstone families
29 June 2018
Gladstone Hospital will continue to provide great care to the community and meet the increased demand for maternity services with additional staff and resources, CQ Health Chief Executive Steve Williamson said today.
“Gladstone Hospital’s maternity unit has a great reputation across the Gladstone area and we will safely meet the demand for increased services,” he said.
“The additional funding announced today will allow us to employ more midwives, nurses and medical officers so we can safely meet the increased demand.”
There are currently about 600 births a year at the public maternity unit, and this is expected to grow to between 650 and 700 from 1 October.
“We now have 25 midwife positions and we will grow that number based on demand and expect we will reach 28 or 29 full-time positions this year,” Mr Williamson said.
The health service will closely monitor demand and employ additional clinical and nonclinical staff as required to ensure a safe increase in service levels, a Deputy Director of Nursing and Midwifery will be appointed for 12 months to oversee improvements across the hospital, with a focus on the maternity unit.
“We are developing a recruitment strategy and we expect to recruit at least one additional doctor and nurse as well as the additional midwives.
“This will support the introduction of a 24-hour nursery, allowing premature babies to return to Gladstone sooner and improving the experience for new mothers.”
Mr Williamson said recruitment would start almost immediately and he encouraged Mater Hospital staff to apply.
“We are committed to supporting the Gladstone community and meeting its health needs," Mr Williamson said.
“Gladstone Hospital has a great future as a vital asset to the harbour city and the communities it supports.
“We have a very clear vision for Gladstone Hospital to become a comprehensive general hospital for the Gladstone Region.
“When construction begins on the $42 million Emergency Department early next year it will mark the first major step to delivering that vision.”
There are plans for investment and expansion of the hospital’s short stay and specialist outpatient units.
“We are committed to delivering increased clinical staffing in the High Dependency Unit and the nursery.
“Mental health staffing at Gladstone will receive a significant boost with additional community mental health capacity and recruitment about to start for the new Step-Up Step-Down mental health facility.
“With planned future expansion of medical, surgical, orthopaedic, elderly care, medical, cancer and ambulatory care services at Gladstone Hospital it will be well placed to be a comprehensive general hospital before the population guidelines demand it,” Mr Williamson said.