Gayndah Hospital upgrade progress
A $5.4 MILLION refurbishment of Gayndah Hospital is on track, and the first stage of the works is nearing completion.
New patient ward rooms, medical records, a Queensland Ambulance Service set-down area and the access ramp are expected to be completed by Monday.
Security features have also been upgraded and a disability access ramp has been added at the front entrance of the hospital.
Work in the Community Health building is more than 70 per cent complete with an expected completion date of December 21, just in time for Christmas.
“Stage One of the works has made Gayndah Hospital much safer with the new patient rooms including shared ensuites and the old floor replaced and levelled for safety,” Gayndah Hospital Director of Nursing Sue Coward said.
“Patients will have close access to ensuites instead of having to travel down the hallway to use facilities, while the level floors through the facility will be a great improvement – especially for those patients with mobility issues.
“It’s also wonderful that our new ambulance setdown area and access ramp is complete, which will make patient transfers from the QAS so much easier and safer for all people involved.”
With the first stage of the main hospital upgrade drawing to completion, services will be decanted into the refurbished area which in turn will allow Stage Two works to progress.
Stage Two incorporates work to the remaining part of the hospital, mental health and kitchen and is expected to be completed by February next year.
“The Gayndah Hospital team has developed a comprehensive strategy for the continuation of services throughout the construction period,” Ms Coward said.
“Throughout stage two of the works Gayndah Hospital will continue to operate as normal with 24/7 emergency services, medical imaging, pathology, dressings, telehealth, chemotherapy and four inpatient beds.
“Patients can expect to still access the services and care they need throughout the work, we just ask for visitors to the site to pay attention to signage and to have patience as we finish the upgrade.”
During Stage Two of construction the roof will be replaced and a general repainting of the exterior of the building is taking place.
“These upgrades are modernising Gayndah Hospital and making it safer for patients, ensuring it will continue to provide the best possible care for the Gayndah community for many more years to come,” Wide Bay Hospital and Board Chair Peta Jamieson said.
Ms Jamieson said their recently released strategic plan Care Comes First… Through Patients’ Eyes outlined their commitment to provide world-class health care to Wide Bay residents, through investing in health infrastructure.
“The upgrades of Gayndah Hospital are a great example of putting that commitment into action,” she said.
“It is exciting that Stage One will be completed and we will move and we’re looking forward to proceeding with stage two of this important work.”
UPGRADES ON TRACK: Peta Jamieson and Sue Coward discussing the plans for Gayndah Hospital before upgrades began earlier this year.