BUNDLES OF JOY: New mums like Juliet Pangatungan and Sarah Ironside will benefit from a funding boost for the maternity ward at Stanthorpe Hospital.
BUNDLES OF JOY: New mums like Juliet Pangatungan and Sarah Ironside will benefit from a funding boost for the maternity ward at Stanthorpe Hospital. Ella Archibald-Binge

$1.1m delivery

MATERNITY care at Stanthorpe Hospital is set for a million dollar revamp following a major regional health announcement yesterday.

The Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service Board unveiled $3 million in extra funding for health care across the region, including a $1.1m refurbishment of maternity services at Stanthorpe.

Board chairman Mike Horan said work would begin soon in the current space to create larger birthing suites, including ensuites to both birthing units and a birthing pool.

"There has been extensive community engagement in this process and I'm pleased that local mothers have been involved in the planning and development," Mr Horan said.

Also to benefit are patients across the Downs and Granite Belt requiring elective surgery, with a funding boost for an extra 200 non-urgent operations at Toowoomba Hospital.

Mothers United for Maternity Services Stanthorpe spokeswoman Sarah Reeves said the group began researching and campaigning for an upgrade to maternity facilities 18 months ago.

"We are delighted that in such a short time frame, the new State Government has announced plans to deliver this project," Ms Reeves said yesterday.

"The facilities and the improvements to the design that are planned will give birthing mothers the dignity and comfort they deserve.

"We have been working with the newly-formed Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service Board and Stanthorpe Hospital obstetric staff to ensure the designs meet the needs of mothers, while being practical for obstetric staff."

Mr Horan said the board had also given the go-ahead to investigate an upgrade of the palliative care unit at Goondiwindi Hospital.

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