GETTING THERE: Health Minister Cameron Dick was “delighted” with the progress on the hospital.
GETTING THERE: Health Minister Cameron Dick was “delighted” with the progress on the hospital. Blake Antrobus

Health Minister “delighted” on progress with new hospital

WITH a number of new development projects at the hospital services across the region, Health Minister Cameron Dick said it was an exciting time to be in the south-west.

Visiting health services in the region on Wednesday, Mr Dick called into Roma to get an update on the redevelopment of the new hospital, which was announced by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in early January.

Touring with representatives from the South West Hospital and Health Service and the Queensland Ambulance Service, the minister was “delighted” to hear of the progress on the new site.

“I’m delighted to hear things are on track, and the consultation process has been very detailed working with the staff and those working in the general community,” he said.

“The project is currently on schedule for construction to commence later this year.”

The draft design for the hospital, presented at a community consultation forum in May, included a two-storey building with 25 beds, and 14 alternative treatment bays.

Mr Dick said it was a great team effort with the design.

“This is a very significant investment that has to deliver for decades to come, and it will be an important part of the community,” he said.

Development plans are occurring in Cunnamulla, with the local hospital receiving a $3.3million renovation and a permanent mental health ward.

With almost $70million promised for the local hospital in Roma, Mr Dick said the State Government was committed to delivering the best possible for Queenslanders “wherever they live”.

“We aim to provide health care locally in communities; investing in these capital projects is important to making an ongoing state-of-the-art service,” he said.

Despite the potential of services around Roma amalgamating into the new hospital, Mr Dick said there was no intention to change services across the region.

However, he stressed on the consideration of flexible services to suit demands.


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