News Date: 12 Sep 2017
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
Premier and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Cameron Dick
Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
Hervey Bay Hospital’s new $44.6 million Emergency Department is steaming ahead, with Stage 1 of the project now complete and commencement of Stage 2 announced today.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick visited the hospital today to officially open the completed early works and mark the start of the project’s main construction phase.
Stage 1 included 29,000 cubic metres of excavation work, the construction of 125 additional public car parks, a new helipad and changes to internal roads.
The project is now transitioning to Stage 2, with the Premier today announcing Hansen Yuncken as the construction company awarded the contract to undertake the upcoming work.
Ms Palaszczuk said the completion of early works and the tender announcement were positive steps toward addressing the hospital’s existing emergency department capacity issues and delivering modern facilities for the community.
“This is a really important investment serving the whole Fraser Coast,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“The Hervey Bay Hospital emergency department’s struggle with capacity in recent years has been well known, and it’s projected to experience a 29 per cent growth in activity by 2029.
“Stage 1 expanded the ambulance bays from two to six, and when the new building is open, it will almost double the emergency department’s bed capacity from 19 to 37.
“In addition to being a boost to healthcare provision on the Fraser Coast, this project will also deliver an injection to the local economy, with the construction phase alone set to generate about 170 jobs, with a majority of those expected to be local.
“As with all State Government construction contracts, Hansen Yuncken will comply with a Local Industry Participation Plan, meaning they must give local sub-contractors an opportunity to tender for work.
“About 70% of the sub-contractors and suppliers used during Stage 1 of the project were from the Wide Bay area.”
Mr Dick said as well as the new emergency department, the three-storey building will include a new Clinical Decision Unit, education and training facilities, offices, and space for future inpatient units.
“This visionary project has planned for future patient demand and allows for flexibility to expand future inpatient services, to make sure this hospital is keeping pace with its growing community,” he said.
“It is further demonstration of our commitment to ensure that wherever they live, regional Queenslanders have access to modern health facilities that meet their health needs both now and into the future.”
Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board Chair Peta Jamieson said she was excited to see the new facility take shape in the coming year.
“A new emergency department for Hervey Bay Hospital has been one of WBHHS’s biggest infrastructure priorities for several years now, so it’s wonderful to see the project coming to fruition,” she said.
“This project is a crucial part of Hervey Bay Hospital’s growth for the future, and positions it strongly to meet the ever-increasing healthcare demands of our community.
“Not only does it allow us to increase our bed capacity, it also includes education and training facilities, which allows us to continually upskill and develop our workforce in pursuit of the best quality care for our patients.”
The new building is expected to open in mid to late 2018.
The project has been made a reality thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s $180 million Enhancing Regional Hospital’s Program.
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