Gladstone Hospital – comprehensive general hospital for the Gladstone region
We will develop Gladstone Hospital as a centre for emergency care, medical inpatient and day surgery excellence optimising outreach services for rural communities of Banana. This will include the development and expansion of clinical specialties such as surgical, orthopaedic, elderly care, medical cancer and ambulatory health care in collaboration with Rockhampton Hospital as our regional specialist referral hospital. Our partnership arrangements with the co-located Mater Hospital will allow us to deliver a strengthened integrated health service increasing the acute bed base and supporting the aged care service needs of the community.
Gladstone Hospital will expand these services:
- Emergency department and short stay unit
The new $42m emergency department will extend capacity to deliver additional emergency beds and paediatric and mental health models of care to support the needs of consumers and families from the Gladstone and Banana regions. Our contemporary emergency department equipped with state-of-the-art technology to engage staff development and workforce productivity will transform the experience for paediatric patients and families. A short stay unit will enhance partnerships with community and ambulatory services.
- Day surgery centre
A day surgery centre, supported by an expanded range of specialty outpatient services, will provide access to low complexity surgery care for patients from the Gladstone and Banana regions. In partnership with Rockhampton Hospital, we will increase the volume of same-day and short-stay surgeries in orthopaedic, general and other disciplines done at Gladstone Hospital. By strengthening health pathways with Biloela, Moura, Theodore and Baralaba facilities we will increase capability to step up surgical, medical and obstetric patients. We will develop separate surgical and medical wards to deliver optimal care and experience.
- Specialist outpatient services
We will develop a centre for specialist outpatient services and ambulatory care which will expand the range of specialities to improve timely local access for consumers, along with Closing the Gap initiatives for our Indigenous people. We will progress digital health transformation to improve clinical access and consumer involvement in care including the provision of outreach Telehealth medicine to the Banana rural sites. The additional specialist outpatient services will include paediatrics, orthopaedics, cancer care, renal and geriatrics.
- Women’s and Children’s centre
We will build on the women’s and children’s services provided at Gladstone Hospital and continue to provide a broad range of maternity, medicine and women’s and children’s services for the Gladstone and Banana regions. We will develop further the range of children’s outpatient and ambulatory services we provide, alongside a broader range of outpatient and other medical services. Outreach services to our rural areas will be part of the longer term strategy to provide local care, particularly around paediatrics. We will develop women’s access to obstetric-led and midwifery group practice maternity services.
Gladstone Hospital will promote and deliver healthcare initiatives with external private partnerships to increase mental health services for adults and children. In building the scope of healthcare services we will foster collegiate health partnerships with rural sites and the Mater Hospital to develop a sustainable workforce.