Darling Downs Health Board Chair Mr Mike Horan AM said the new Kingaroy Hospital had been forging ahead since services relocated late last year.
“We hold every second monthly Board meeting in one of our rural facilities so it’s good to be here in Kingaroy for our May meeting,” Mr Horan said.
“We’ve seen how well the new hospital is running, and in terms of benefits to the community the figures speak for themselves.
“From the time services relocated into the new building in the first week of December last year there have been 116 babies born here and we’ve seen 8814 presentations at the emergency department.
“The team at Kingaroy has provided 9595 outpatient appointments; 711 outpatient telehealth appointments; 399 elective surgeries and 53 emergency surgeries.
“The new hospital also includes a CT scanner, and 1,204 CT scans have been provided up until 30 April, which is a tremendous result as previously these would have been done in Toowoomba or through the nearest private provider.
“This state-of-the-art facility is a great addition to the region and will continue to provide excellent healthcare to the people of the South Burnett for decades to come.”
Mr Horan said Stage Two of the Kingaroy Hospital Redevelopment was also progressing well.
“You can see Stage 2 taking shape as we get closer to completion of the project, which is scheduled for late this year.” he said.
“This final stage of the redevelopment, which includes the main entrance, will accommodate a new and expanded renal dialysis unit, new outpatient services, new medical records department, and a new coffee shop. It is moving ahead on time and on budget.
“The structural steel frame for the ‘Boomerang building’ is now in place and piling for foundations of the new link building is underway, so we can really get a feel for how the finished product will look.”