The Kingaroy Hospital redevelopment project has entered an exciting new phase following the recent completion of early works.
Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles said the Palaszczuk Government had committed additional funding to expand the upgrade.
"We’re investing $73.9 million for the Kingaroy hospital redevelopment, $11.9 million more than we originally committed," Mr Miles said.
"Our investment is delivering an increase in the number of beds to 66, and will improve the facility’s role as a hub for trauma, paediatric, obstetric, rehabilitation and mental health services.
"Our extra funding boost will include ensuring the new hospital is digital ready, a new on-site kitchen and enhancements to the central energy facility to ensure a reliable power supply.
"Now that the early works have been completed on schedule, Darling Downs Hospital Health have begun the next phase of the project which involves consultation with key stakeholders and finalisation of construction drawings for the new facility."
Darling Downs Hospital and Health Board Chair Mr Mike Horan AM said the project was progressing on-schedule.
"Anyone who has been to Kingaroy Hospital recently would have seen changes on the site," Mr Horan said.
"Most notably the excavation of an area of around 2000 square metres, which is where the new hospital will be built.
"We’ve also upgraded some underground services and relocated some departments, such as the hospital’s building, engineering and maintenance service, which has moved into upgraded, newly constructed buildings at the back of the campus.
"At this point we expect to go out to tender early in the new year and once that process is completed we anticipate a start to construction by mid-2019."
Mr Horan said the new Kingaroy Hospital was scheduled to commence providing services in early 2021.
"Darling Downs Health understands very clearly the community’s eagerness for a new facility, which is why this phase of the project is so important," he said.
"We are putting a lot of time into the detailed design so the new facility will be the best we can provide.
"We look to forward to a modern, state-of-the-art regional hospital to serve the people of the South Burnett.
"I’d like to thank our patients and community members for their patience, and of course the staff at Kingaroy Hospital, who will continue to provide the best possible care as we move forward with the project."