Pro­ject pays off for pa­tients

$180,000 up­grade for hos­pi­tal

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

IM­PROVE­MENTS: Gayn­dah Hos­pi­tal staff in the Emer­gency Depart­ment which has been up­graded as part of a $180,000 works pack­age.

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