Push for new hospital with system in dire state
MEMBER for Nanango Deb Frecklington believes the answer to the South Burnett's health issues is a brand new hospital.
Ms Frecklington said she had two major goals to achieve for the South Burnett: securing funding for a new public hospital and establishing a South Burnett Clubhouse aimed at improving access to mental health services.
"I think our local health professionals do an amazing job in caring for the health of our community and it is not the level of care that can impact rural and regional areas down, it is the infrastructure and lack of funding which impacts on regional areas like ours," Ms Frecklington said.
"We desperately need a brand new public hospital and this will continue to be my goal until it's achieved."
Ms Frecklington said many people in the South Burnett had to travel away for specialist appointments such as ophthalmology, orthopaedic and paediatric services.
Travelling away for appointments or surgery had a major impact on the younger and older members of the community and the cost could become unmanageable for some.
"Currently, there is just not enough physical space at the public hospital to conduct these outpatient clinics, but I'm hoping that if we can build a new hospital, this will change," she said.
Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service acting health service chief executive Dr Peter Gillies said a number of improvements had been made to hospitals in the South Burnett over the years
At Kingaroy initiatives included the establishment of an expanded renal dialysis unit, the construction of a specialised allied health building and the reintroduction of surgical services.
"While around $2 million has been spent on the Kingaroy Hospital in recent years, both the Department of Health and the DDHHS recognise calls for further work," Dr Gillies said.
"A new public hospital for Kingaroy remains the DDHH board's number one priority."
Ms Frecklington is running an e-petition and hard-copy petition to lobby for a new hospital.
Visit Ms Frecklington's office in Kingaroy or visit click here to sign the petition.
The petition closes February 12.