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Temporary ward to be built at Toowoomba Hospital

11 July 2018

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Toowoomba Hospital.

A new temporary ward will be built at Toowoomba Hospital to accommodate the increasing numbers of patients needing care.

Executive Director of Toowoomba Hospital Shirley-Anne Gardiner said Medical Unit 3 would be built between the Thoracic Block and the kitchen at the facility.

"With an increase in the number of patients through Toowoomba Hospital, the temporary medical ward will be used for our less acutely unwell patients, particularly those waiting for aged-care placement," Ms Gardiner said.

"A lot of work has been done over the past few months to plan for an increase in capacity to appropriately care for more patients including an effective discharge planning process to coordinate patient flow through the hospital.

"Medical Unit 3 will allow patients who need more involved medical care to be in Medical Units 1 and 2 with the step-down unit in Medical Unit 3 also available at the site.

"As we continue to be at capacity, we have found innovative ways of increasing the number of beds within the hospital and how we can safely provide support to our patients waiting for nursing home placement."

Construction is proposed to start on Monday 16 July and expected to take between 12 and 14 weeks. Works will impact public access to the northern side of the Medical Block.

Visitors to the hospital are reminded to take care and follow construction signage.

Last updated: 3 August 2018