New hospital, new site – public info sessions explain what happens now
Community members from across Wide Bay have an opportunity to learn more about the next stage of planning for a new hospital in Bundaberg and the opportunities it could bring to the region, at a series of upcoming public information sessions.
Following Queensland Government approval, Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service (WBHHS) is now working in partnership with Building Queensland to prepare a detailed business case for a new hospital. after the Queensland Premier announced a new hospital on a new site.
This stage involves a number of processes, including selecting a site, developing a detailed masterplan including designing the hospital, the continuation of detailed workforce planning, and working with stakeholders and the broader community as the plan develops.
Public meetings will be held in Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Maryborough and Gayndah to ensure stakeholders and the broader community are not only kept up to date, but have the chance to be involved in the planning process.
“It was very exciting for us to hear the Premier announce it was time to plan for a new hospital for Bundaberg, on a new site,” Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board Chair Peta Jamieson said.
“We want the Wide Bay community to be fully aware of how we are developing this detailed business case and to be involved in the very exciting journey we’re on.
“A new hospital for Bundaberg would be the most significant infrastructure project our region has undertaken in decades and involves an extensive planning process, so it’s important the community is well informed of what is happening along the way.
“The economic impact of this project will be huge for the entire region, so we’re encouraging our community and stakeholders to be prepared for the future by being involved in these community information sessions.
“Local leaders, healthcare professionals, businesspeople, school principals, career guidance counsellors and community members can all benefit from understanding how the project will expand health and education services locally, and how it will open up a broad range of jobs during construction and once it‘s operating.
“The benefits of a new hospital will flow beyond Bundaberg and to our entire region, which is why we’re also hosting these information sessions at Hervey Bay, Maryborough and Gayndah.”
WBHHS Acting Chief Executive Robyn Bradley said the community information sessions would provide information about the various aspects of the detailed business plan and offer people an opportunity to get involved.
“Site selection has been a topic of community discussion and this session will explain how we will go about identifying potential sites, and how suitability will be assessed,” Ms Bradley said.
“We’ll explain how we’ll go about designing a schematic plan for the new hospital, so it can support the services and infrastructure needs of our region, taking into account factors such as future acute and sub-acute bed capacity, diagnostic needs, support services like linen and catering, and technology requirements.
“Of particular interest to many people will be our workforce planning, which will account for the significant growth in a range of clinical and non-clinical roles, and how we’ll work with education providers to prepare for that.
“I encourage people to come along so they can understand this complex but exciting process, and have the opportunity to ask questions and have a say.”