BIG PLANS: Director of Medical Services in the South Burnett, Dr Isaac Hohaia in front of the Kingaroy Hospital.
BIG PLANS: Director of Medical Services in the South Burnett, Dr Isaac Hohaia in front of the Kingaroy Hospital. Jessica McGrath

New hospital on track to bring better service

WORK has begun on the Kingaroy Hospital redevelopment project, and the first stage of works is on track to be completed by July.

The $62 million hospital redevelopment is expected to give the community better access to healthcare facilities close to home, by increasing hospital capacity and the range of surgical services in trauma, paediatric, obstetric, rehabilitation and mental health services.

The number of beds will grow from 46 now to 66 when the new hospital opens, and it will also provide culturally-appropriate environments for the treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.

Preliminary works on the site began in April, and are expected to be finished on target in July, a Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service spokesperson told the South Burnett Times.

"This work ... has included site preparation, early demolition works, asbestos removal, car parking and the construction of a storage and maintenance shed,” the spokesperson said.

"These preliminary works need to be done now so the existing hospital can continue to provide healthcare services while the major build is under way.”