The newly named Lady Bjelke Petersen Community Hospital.
The newly named Lady Bjelke Petersen Community Hospital. Barclay White

Private Hospital hiring spree

HEALTH workers laid off last year when the private hospital closed its doors have been quick to apply for new jobs at the reopening facility.

Advertisements went up last week for positions at the renamed Lady Bjelke-Petersen Community Hospital, which is due to reopen in July.

Hospital manager Leith MacMillan said former workers were just some of the many that have applied for roles.

"I've had dozens of CVs come in, we've been overwhelmed," Ms MacMillan said.

Seven roles are on offer including theatre nurses, anaesthetic technicians and administration.

"We've already done interviews, we've started the rounds," she said.

As staff from South Bank Day Hospital, which has taken over running the facility, has been busy ordering equipment, and completing accreditation for July opening.

Part of the equipment will be paid for from the $600,000 fund donated by mining magnate Gina Rinehart, which Ms MacMillan described as a "great help".

Visiting specialists are also back on board, with all but one of the specialists agreeing to come back.

There is not an exact day for the reopening, but Ms MacMillan said they were confident it would be open to patients by the end of July.