BETTER HEALTHCARE: Darling Downs Health chief executive Peter Gillies, Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles and Darling Downs Health board chair Mike Horan mark the start of the Kingaroy Hospital redevelopment.
BETTER HEALTHCARE: Darling Downs Health chief executive Peter Gillies, Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles and Darling Downs Health board chair Mike Horan mark the start of the Kingaroy Hospital redevelopment. Claudia Williams

It's official: Construction starts on hospital redevelopment

SOUTH Burnett residents in need of medical attention will be treated at the new-look Kingaroy Hospital from 2021.

Darlings Downs Health board chair Mike Horan AM was joined by Queensland Health and Ambulance Minister Steven Miles and Darling Downs Health chief executive Peter Gillies in Kingaroy today to mark the start of construction at the hospital.

"The redeveloped hospital will be a modern, state-of-art regional facility for Kingaroy to be proud of, and will ensure the community has access to better health care close to home,” Mr Horan said.

Mr Horan said Kingaroy staff and the South Burnett community were consulted by the infrastructure team to ensure the new hospital would cater for the growing needs of the region.

"Their feedback has helped to ensure the new hospital has been designed with the patient in mind, enabling more efficient admissions and patient flows, and improved signage making it easier to find services,” he said.

Darling Downs Health Chief Executive Peter Gillies, minister for health and ambulance services Steven Miles and Darling Downs Health board chair Mike Horan mark the start of the Kingaroy Hospital redevelopment.
Darling Downs Health chief executive Peter Gillies, Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles and Darling Downs Health board chair Mike Horan mark the start of the Kingaroy Hospital redevelopment. Claudia Williams

The Kingaroy Hospital redevelopment will deliver a new hospital building, two operating theatres, two birthing suites, inpatient and outpatient wards and an expanded emergency department, which will include an emergency short stay unit.

The hospital is set to provide more patient treatment spaces, increase the range of surgical services available and improve the hospital's role as a hub for trauma, paediatric, obstetric and rehabilitation services.

South Burnett residents will benefit from the redevelopment before the new hospital opens, as the project will support about 72 full-time equivalent jobs during construction and local sub-contractors will be used where possible.

Mr Miles said the new hospital was a sustainable investment in regional health.

"We're building bigger and better hospitals across the state as part of our commitment to providing the best possible health care to Queenslanders, no matter where you live,” he said.

Early work for the redevelopment was completed by FKG and South Burnett businesses were employed as sub-contractors.

Broad Construnction Services is now onsite as the contractor for the building phase of the project.