Project pays off for patients
$180,000 upgrade for hospital
A SERIES of upgrades have made it easier for patients to access medical care at Gayndah Hospital while also helping to modernise the facility.
Wide Bay Hospital and Health Services senior media officer Chris McLoughlin said the $180,000 works program had also increased the emergency capacity for the hospital and improved clinical space for both staff and patients.
Gayndah Hospital Acting Director of Nursing, Cheryl Steers, said the changes had a massive impact on the hospital.
“The new facilities now include two resuscitation beds and a triage room,” Ms Steers said.
“This is a significant improvement on the previous room, which had only one resuscitation unit.
“This has not only increased the capacity of the emergency area but has improved the clinical space that staff work in.”
Ms Steers said upgrades and renovations were also completed in other parts of the hospital.
“A new paint of coat was also provided for the patient bathroom out of the funds and there were improvements made to the access to the x-ray room,” she said.
Works to improve the car park and driveway areas were also completed over the holiday period.
“Wear and tear of the driveway and car park had seen its condition deteriorate over time and the work has created a much safer surface for patients and staff to use,” Ms Steers said.
Work on the car park and driveway were completed at a cost of $60,000 while the interior upgrades were completed at a cost of $120,000.
Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service chief executive Adrian Pennington said the upgrades were part of helping rural communities gain easier access to medical services.
“Ensuring patients in our rural communities have access to the highest quality health facilities is a key priority of our capital works program,” Mr Pennington said.
“So this was an important project for us in Gayndah.
“I’d also like to thank the people of Gayndah for their patience while the upgrades were carried out, and the team at Gayndah Hospital for consistently delivering such a great service to the community of which they’re a part.”
The earliest reports regarding the first Gayndah Hospital date back to the 1850s where it was located on Capper Street adjacent to the Police Station and Court House.
The current hospital building was constructed in 1921.
IMPROVEMENTS: Gayndah Hospital staff in the Emergency Department which has been upgraded as part of a $180,000 works package.