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