News

New services to come at Kingaroy Hospital

IT'S OFFICIAL: Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick (centre) with Mike Horan, Kathy Duff, Cheryl Dalton and Peter Gillies.
IT'S OFFICIAL: Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick (centre) with Mike Horan, Kathy Duff, Cheryl Dalton and Peter Gillies. Tobi Loftus

THE new Kingaroy Hospital will see an expansion of current services as well as the introduction of new services.

Health Minister Cameron Dick was in Kingaroy on Monday to officially announce the new $62million hospital.

"When you look at the population growth in Kingaroy itself... the population has both increased and aged over the past 79 years," Mr Dick said.

"Just driving through the region you see new developments happening. We are seeing higher levels of chronic disease in both the Darling Downs and state-wide.

"It's my view that services will continue to expand, the new hospital will bring services up to date."

Mr Dick said a new state of the art renal unit would be integrated into the new hospital, as well as an increase in surgical services and improvements in trauma, paediatric, obstetric, rehabilitation and mental health services.

Patient treatment spaces at the hospital will also increase from 46 to 66.

He said the government had committed $8million in the 2017-18 budget and a further $54million over the forward estimates.

"From my perspective, once we've made these commitments, once they're in the budget, they're in the budget," he said.

"We're not going to spend $8million this year and not back it up."

Mr Dick said early works would begin on the hospital next year.

"(They) will commence after the design is finalised in early 2018 and construction is expected to commence in late 2018," he said.

"The new hospital is expected to be ready to take patients in early 2021."

Mr Dick also visited the palliative care facilities at the Cherborug Hospital on Monday.

South Burnett

Topics:  cameron dick kingaroy hospital new kingaroy hospital queensland government


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Forum 'a good start' for tourism industry

BIG IDEAS: John and Megan Sharpe and Taya and Stephen Mickalski after the tourism forum.

Some embraced this forum, while others left before it was over

Long legacy honoured as sale kicks off

Gleesons Mercery has changed a lot over the years but is still going strong.

Gleesons is a name that's been part of Stanthorpe since the 1800s

Brrrr! Bitterly cold weather on the way for SEQ

Frost is expected in some places on Friday morning and on the weekend.

Stanthorpe could drop to minus 3 this weekend

Local Partners

Littleproud to boost presence in Rose City

Maranoa MP to open third electoral office in Warwick this month

Working class? Man, Gympie's got the show for you

Jimmy Barnes

Aussie rock icons coming to Gympie for 150th celebrations.

Tables turn as rescue crew takes on gruelling mountain

EPIC CHALLENGE: Hundreds of runners will tackle the 4.2km run from the heart of Pomona to the top of Mt Cooroora and back on Sunday.

They are usually the people coming to the rescue of adventurers

VIDEO: Girls can feel safe at Splendour

Punters at Splendour in the Grass 2016 at Byron Bay.

High visibility police will be among the crowd at all times

Holy schnit: This steak's the size of a small child

It's not every day you get served a steak as big as a baby for lunch, unless you're eating at the Pinnacle Pub.

OJ loses cool as he begs to go free

Simpson was convicted in 2008 of enlisting some men he barely knew, including two who had guns, to retrieve from two sports collectables sellers some items that Simpson said were stolen from him a decade earlier.

Tension at the parole hearing didn't stop OJ going free

Lead singer of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington, dies age 41

Coroner spokesman Brian Elias says they are investigating Bennington's death as an apparent suicide but no additional details are available.

Chester Bennington's body was found in LA at 9am local time.

Tamara's bittersweet MasterChef exit (take two)

Mackay's Tamara Graffen has already gained valuable work experience since her elimination from MasterChef.

MACKAY cook's heartwarming send-off from finals week.

Why Sleeping Duck turned down a $500,000 offer on Shark Tank

Sleeping Duck founders Selvam Sinnappan, left, and Winston Wijeyeratne.Source:Supplied

Melbourne university mates turn down hug Shark Tank ffer

Lisa Wilkinson portrait wins Packer Room Prize

A portrait of Lisa Wilkinson by artist Peter Smeeth has taken out this year's Packer Room Prize.

"The winning of this award is 99 per cent due to Lisa."

Ninja Warrior: What it takes to win it

Isaac Caldiero assesses Mount Midoriyama during Season 7 of American Ninja Warrior.Source:Supplied

Only six people have managed to successfully complete the course

Alex beach or bluff at your front door

ALEX LIVING: 9/252 Alexandra Pde, Alexandra Headland.

Beachfront unit among the picks of this week's auction line-up

Open for inspection homes 20 - 26 July

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection.

Sunshine Coast shopping centre on the market

Coles-anchored centre in high-growth area listed for sale

Island resort living from just $250 a week

Couran Cove on Stradbroke Island is undergoing a makeover. Photo: Steve Holland

Resort offering permanent rentals at almost half normal rental price

Start-up business blooms in riverside outlet

Sunflower Florist opens new premises at Mooloolaba for local wares

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!