Hospi­tal of­fi­cially opened

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

IT MAY have taken two years, but Biggen­den’s Multi Pur­pose Health Ser­vice is of­fi­cially open.

All speak­ers agreed Biggen­den now had a top class one-stop fa­cil­ity to meet the health needs of the com­mu­nity.

The open­ing comes 94 years af­ter con­struc­tion of the first Biggen­den hospi­tal was funded in 1920 by a pri­vate be­quest of 840 pounds from Mrs RG Ni­chol and fur­ther com­mu­nity sub­scrip­tions to cover the 3950 pound to­tal cost.

Its re­place­ment cost $12.5 mil­lion and in­cludes an emer­gency depart­ment, aged care, acute in­pa­tient and out­pa­tient ser­vices, and a new Pri­vate Prac­tice Med­i­cal Cen­tre.

It also has room for vis­it­ing al­lied and other health pro­fes­sion­als

Deputy Pre­mier and Mem­ber for Cal­lide Jeff Seeney said there was noth­ing bet­ter than open­ing a fa­cil­ity which has only come into ex­is­tence as a re­sult of the ded­i­ca­tion of mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

“Biggen­den now has a top class fa­cil­ity to serve gen­er­a­tions to come,” he said.

WakkaWakka leader Ernie Trevaskis, who was born at the for­mer Biggen­den Hospi­tal, gave a mov­ing ad­dress.

Di­rec­tor of nurs­ing Heather Mackel­lar said pieces of the old hospi­tal were pre­served with the sewing room hav­ing been re­lo­cated to the Biggen­den His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety and the bell tower now in the car park af­ter be­ing re­stored.

Deputy chair and Wide Bay Hospi­tal and Health Board mem­ber Barb Ho­vard paid trib­ute to those who fought hard and long to have this fa­cil­ity.

“The com­mu­nity should be proud of what has been built,” she said.

She high­lighted the CAN com­mit­tee, ser­vice clubs, staff, hospi­tal aux­il­iary along with pa­tients and their fam­i­lies.

“A lot of big hos­pi­tals could take a leaf out of your book,” she said.

PHOTO: ERICA MUR­REE

OF­FI­CIALLY OPEN: Deputy Pre­mier and Mem­ber for Cal­lide Jeff Seeney with Biggen­denMPHS di­rec­tor of Nurs­ing Heather Mackel­lar.

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