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Budget boost secures New Bundaberg Hospital and expansion of Hervey Bay

The 2022-23 Queensland State Budget included funding for the New Bundaberg Hospital.

Wide Bay public healthcare has received a game-changing boost with both a New Bundaberg Hospital and a significant upgrade to Hervey Bay Hospital funded within the 2022-23 Queensland Budget.

These projects have been included in the Queensland Health Capacity Expansion Program, with $1.2 billion being put towards the New Bundaberg Hospital and $40 million to significantly expand Hervey Bay Hospital.

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board Chair Peta Jamieson was thrilled with the announcement of both projects in the budget.

“This will be the largest health infrastructure investment that our region has ever seen, providing an opportunity for significant expansion to our healthcare service’s capacity and capability,” Peta said.

“Importantly, it will enable more care to be provided closer to home, reduce wait times and future-proof our public healthcare system to better meet the changing and growing needs of Wide Bay residents.”

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service (WBHHS) Chief Executive Debbie Carroll said the bigger and better New Bundaberg Hospital will provide an additional 121 beds on top of the current hospital’s capacity.

“The New Bundaberg Hospital will reduce wait times, enable more care to be provided closer to home and improve the overall patient experience,” Debbie said.

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Rhiannon Steffens, Allied Health Assistant, Wide Bay HHS and #HealthHero.

The best thing about my job is that it is so unique! Working in a small rural hospital gives me the opportunity to work with a variety of Allied Health Professionals and learn a wide range of skills. My days are always exciting and never the same!

Compliments to our Health Heroes

Hervey Bay Hospital

My father in law from NSW was visiting us when he became seriously ill. He has just spent the last three weeks in Hervey Bay Hospital (intensive care) where the care and medical intervention was not only top notch but we believe, saved my father in law's life. Well done to all the doctors, technicians and the wonderful nursing staff. We can not thank you enough.

Maryborough Hospital Ward 1

You are doing a fine job. Congratulations. It has been great that my husband has stayed in Maryborough as it is not easy when he is taken to Hervey Bay. As an almost 83-year-old, to drive to the bay is very tiring everyday. Also, it seems to be a lot easier to get a doctors feedback on how my husband is coming along. Keep up the good work.

COVID-19 virtual ward

A huge shout out to the Hervey Bay COVID virtual clinic staff - what a brilliant job! You were friendly, helpful and most of all supportive and professional. I didn't know the service existed nor probably do many. Thank you, nothing but praise for all of our doctors and nurses in these very difficult times.

 

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Last updated: 4 May 2021