Com­mu­nity meet­ing planned for next week

The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE - Molly Han­cock Molly.Han­cock@west­ern­starnews.com

RES­I­DENTS in the Mara­noa will soon know the lat­est up­dates on the new

$74 mil­lion hos­pi­tal.

A com­mu­nity in­for­ma­tion ses­sion will be held next Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 16 to meet with the Roma Hos­pi­tal project team and see the fi­nal de­sign for the hos­pi­tal.

The ses­sion will be held from 5.30pm in the Ernest Brock Room at the Cul­tural Cen­tre in Bungil St, Roma.

With Wat­pac Con­struc­tion Pty Ltd re­cently an­nounced as the suc­cess­ful ten­derer for the main con­struc­tion of the state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity, the in­for­ma­tion event will pro­vide lo­cals with the op­por­tu­nity to hear di­rectly from key mem­bers of the project team and ask ques­tions about the build.

South West Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice chief ex­ec­u­tive Linda Patat said the health ser­vice was com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing the com­mu­nity was kept up-to-date on the progress of the project.

“The new hos­pi­tal build is an ex­tremely ex­cit­ing event for our com­mu­nity,” Ms Patat said.

“We want to en­sure those who live or work in the lo­cal area have ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to be kept up-to-date with progress.

“The in­for­ma­tion ses­sion will be a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to hear di­rectly from the build­ing and project teams, and pro­vide a friendly fo­rum for any ques­tions to be an­swered.”

Ms Patat said the hos­pi­tal would boast 18 sin­gle rooms in­clud­ing pal­lia­tive care and men­tal health care, plus two two-bed pa­tient rooms and two birthing suites, all with en­suites.

The ground floor area of the new hos­pi­tal will in­clude a large shaded en­trance, emer­gency de­part­ment, med­i­cal imag­ing de­part­ment, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion gym, café, al­lied health treat­ment ar­eas, phar­macy and sep­a­rate area for kitchen, laun­dry, stores and main­te­nance ser­vices.

The op­er­at­ing suite, which will in­clude two the­atres, ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing ser­vices and ad­min­is­tra­tion and staff fa­cil­i­ties will be on the first floor.

The new Roma Hos­pi­tal is due to be com­pleted in 2020 and ex­ten­sive com­mu­nity and staff con­sul­ta­tion has been car­ried out to en­sure the build­ing de­sign max­imises the use of space, en­ables ef­fi­cient work and pa­tient flows, re­spects pri­vate and fam­ily space, and is easy to ac­cess.

This hos­pi­tal is one of nu­mer­ous projects Wat­pac is de­liv­er­ing in Queens­land, in­clud­ing the North Queens­land Sta­dium in Townsville and the Mil­i­tary Ve­hi­cle Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence in Ip­swich.

For the lat­est Roma Hos­pi­tal up­dates visit www.south­west .health.qld.gov.au or www.face­book .com/south­west­hhs.


HOS­PI­TAL UP­DATE: An artist's im­pres­sion of what the en­trance of the new Roma Hos­pi­tal will look like.

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