Bundaberg Hospital business case update
Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles has today met with Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service board leaders to discuss the $6.7 million Bundaberg Hospital business case.
Minister Miles met with Board Chair Peta Jamieson and Chief Executive Adrian Pennington discussing progress on the project.
“The current Bundaberg Hospital is dated. The site has space limitations, flooding issues and the lay out of the hospital doesn’t have the space and flow of modern health facilities,’ Mr Miles said.
“Bundaberg needs a new hospital. That’s why the Palaszczuk Government has allocated $6.7 million to plan for one.
“This is about providing the Bundaberg community with the access to services it needs.
“Building Queensland has begun work on the detailed business case. The first step is to identify the best site.”
“It was great to hear from Peta and Adrian today about their vision for this hospital and how they are going to ensure open communication with the local community during the detailed business case process.”
“As you can imagine, planning for and designing a new hospital is incredibly complex, so it’s important we get it right.”
Mr Miles said the detailed business case would look at potential greenfield sites and, once that was identified, designs for the site.
“The plan is to identify a site, start detailed planning for that site and consider options to stage the construction,” he said.
“This would allow some services to be brought online before the entire project was completed.
“The detailed business case will consider the size and scope of health services provided at the hospital to cater for the future Bundaberg community.
“The preferred site will be identified in 2020. “Early analysis suggests a new hospital would also lead to the creation of up to 800 new health-related jobs, and more than 1000 construction-related jobs during the project