Hospital gets $11m investment to keep up with growth

The Palaszczuk Government is investing more than $11 million this year into the $17 million Caboolture Hospital upgrade, to help the facility keep up with regional growth and ensure it continues providing the best possible care to local residents.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick visited the hospital today to kick off the final stage of construction for a new 32-bed adult inpatient ward.

The 2016-17 Budget includes $7.1 million for Metro North Hospital and Health Service to develop the ward and up to $4 million to create up to 300 more car parks to help ease access to the hospital.

“Our government is committed to ensuring Queenslanders have access to modern, quality health facilities wherever they live, including Caboolture - one of the fastest growing areas in South-East Queensland,” the Premier said.

“The establishment of a new 32-bed ward will help this hospital see and treat more patients than ever before and make health care services even more accessible to local residents.

“Combining this infrastructure upgrade with an injection of more clinical staff where they are needed most in this hospital means Caboolture residents can be confident they are receiving the best health care possible without leaving home.”

The first stage of construction for the new ward was completed last week, including the establishment of a new Executive Centre for the relocation of hospital support staff and IT infrastructure, with the final stafe of construction set to begin within days.

“About 40 construction jobs, direct and indirect, will be created in coming months as we power ahead to finish this ward by early 2017,” the Premier said.

Mr Dick said the vacated space would now be converted into the new ward, which when complete will cover a range of adult specialties, including coronary and cardiac care, as well as general medicine.

“Bed numbers will also be boosted as part of this expansion from 233 to 265, meaning an extra 2500 adult patients will be able to be treated in this hospital every year,” Mr Dick said.

“The new ward will also allow staff to deliver more personalised care to the growing number of elderly patients being treated at this hospital.”

The start of the final stage of construction follows the recent announcement of a $4 million commitment to the car park project, and an influx of nursing graduates graduates and midwives and interns joining the hospital.

“This year, we have seen a record number of nursing and midwife graduates and junior doctors join Caboolture Hospital and these numbers are only expected to grow over coming years,” Mr Dick said.

“We have also seen five highly respected and experienced senior doctors join the Emergency Department to continue to meet demand from the Caboolture community.

“These dedicated clinicians are at the frontline supporting our patients, helping to ease the pressure created by a surge in patients experienced in our hospitals over the flu season, and caring for the increased number of newborns entering the world at this hospital this year.”

Mr Dick said Caboolture Hospital was just one of many health facilities the Palaszczuk Government had committed to revamping across the state.

“Our $230 million Advancing Queensland Health Infrastructure program will deliver enhanced built infrastructure at Atherton, Nambour, and on Thursday Island,” Mr Dick said.

“And as announced by the Treasurer, the Government will go to the market for a multi-story carpark in Rockhampton by December.”

Other capital investment program highlights for health in 2016-17 include:

$167 million to complete delivery of the $1.872 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital and the Sunshine Coast Health Institute

Continued delivery of the $180 million Enhancing Regional Hospitals Program for upgrades at the Hervey Bay and Gladstone Emergency Departments, Caloundra Health Service, and Roma Hospital

$12.7 million (of $13.6 million) for the Integrated Community Health Centre in Wynnum

$15.5 million to complete the $334 million Queensland and Australian Government funded Townsville Hospital Expansion

$80 million to continue delivering a range of asset renewal and enhancement works across the State under the Priority Capital Program.

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