Gayn­dah Hospi­tal up­grade progress

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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.”

PHOTO: FELIC­ITY RIP­PER

UP­GRADES ON TRACK: Peta Jamieson and Sue Coward dis­cussing the plans for Gayn­dah Hospi­tal be­fore up­grades be­gan ear­lier this year.

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