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Community’s first look at proposed hospital

Concept designs for a new hospital in Bundaberg have been released today and will be showcased for the next two weeks online and through public information displays and pop-up sessions.

The concept designs form part of a detailed business case that is investigating the delivery of a new state-of-the-art public hospital on a new site in Bundaberg.

Member for Bundaberg Tom Smith encouraged locals from across Bundaberg, North Burnett, Fraser Coast and Discovery Coast to view the plans and provide feedback.

“A new hospital in Bundaberg will be a landmark project that will make a huge difference to our community,” said Mr Smith.

“We want to make sure that residents get a chance to view the concept plans and share their feedback.

“Sharing these plans with the broader community is an exciting milestone as we continue to deliver for the people of Bundaberg.

“I especially want to make sure that the community is able to provide their perspectives on what is being proposed, shaped by their own hospital experiences.”

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Yvette D’Ath said that more than 100 local clinicians, operational staff and a range of community members had been working with health service planners and architects since March 2020 to develop the plans.

“Feedback gathered will help the project team to identify opportunity and challenges with respect to the proposed layout, and also help us to better understand community expectations for the entire project,” said Minister D’Ath.

“We recognise the importance of the local people on the ground having an opportunity to contribute feedback for the proposed hospital design.

“Whether your hospital experiences involve caring for patients, performing operational roles that keep our hospitals running, or receiving treatment as a patient, we are eager to hear from you.”

Staffed pop-up information sessions are planned to occur in Bundaberg at the following locations and times, (subject to any COVID-19 restrictions):

  1. Tuesday, February 2, 2021: Between 9.30am and 1pm at the Bundaberg Library and between 2pm and 5.30pm at the Bundaberg Hospital (near Thirst Aid Café)
  2. Wednesday, February 3, 2021: Between 9am and 5.30pm at Stockland Shopping Centre
  3. Thursday, February 4, 2021: Between 8.30am and 12.30pm at Bundaberg Hospital (near Thirst Aid Café) and between 1.30pm and 6pm at Hinkler Central
  4. Tuesday, February 9, 2021: Between 9am and 5.30pm at Stockland Shopping Centre
  5. Wednesday, February 10, 2021: Between 9am and 1pm at Hinkler Central and between 2pm and 5.30pm at the Bundaberg Hospital (near Thirst Aid Café)
  6. Thursday, February 11, 2021: Between 8.30am and 12.30pm at Bundaberg Hospital (near Thirst Aid Café) and between 1.30pm and 4.30pm at Bundaberg Library.

Alternatively, residents can drop into Bundaberg Hospital from 1 February to 12 February, where large-scale maps with key features of the new hospital will be on display.

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board Chair Peta Jamieson said community consultation was a vital step in the planning and design process.

“We’ve already heard through survey results so far that there is strong support from the community and staff for a new hospital in Bundaberg,” Ms Jamieson said.

“This project will be critical to future-proofing our public healthcare system to better meet the changing and growing needs of our Wide Bay communities.

“It’s great to see this level of community support and I’d like to thank those who have made time to complete the survey and provide input into the planning process so far.

“To date we’ve received a range of feedback relating to topics such as providing more care closer to home, delivering more contemporary models of care and staffing models to support these, accessibility to the site, staff and patient accommodation, sustainability initiatives and the environment.

WBHHS Chief Executive Debbie Carroll said the business case would provide a comprehensive analysis of the social, economic, financial and environmental merit of the proposed hospital.

“Developing a business case for a new hospital is complex and highly detailed, and it’s essential we take the time needed to get it right,” Ms Carroll said.

“The completed business case is due to be presented to the Queensland Government for consideration this year. The Government will then be in a fully-informed position to make decisions about the future design, staging and funding of the project.”

Community consultation has been under way since 30 November 2020 and will close on 14 February 2021. Consultation will help guide further development of the detailed business case.

For more information about the project, visit www.health.qld.gov.au/widebay/bundaberg-hospital.

Last updated: 1 February 2021