WORK on Baralaba’s new $8 million hospital will commence in about eight months time.
The new hospital will replace the existing complex which was closed to overnight patients in April after it failed to meet fire safety regulations.
When Queensland Health shut the hospital and aged care patients were moved to facilities in Biloela the community was outraged.
But their anger was tempered when Health Minister Paul Lucas promised that a new hospital would replace the 77-year-old timber complex.
Central Queensland Health Service district CEO Coralee Barker said planning for a new multi-purpose service at Baralaba was well under way.
“Members of the design team have visited the site monthly, meeting with hospital and district staff and members of the multi-purpose health service’s community advisory network as part of the design process,” Dr Barker said.
“The new building will be constructed adjacent to the existing hospital.
“This will mean that construction can go ahead with minimal disruption of the current practices at the existing facility.”
Work is currently in the design stages, with construction due to start early next year with the relocation of the private general practice clinic.
Dr Barker said construction of the main facility will begin mid-year in 2010 and was due to be completed in 2011.
“I am pleased that we can show people in Baralaba and the surrounding district that we are working towards providing them with a modern, state-of-the-art facility which will take them into the future.
“I thank them for their input in the process and for their patience during the construction phase,” she said.
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