New services to come at Kingaroy Hospital
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.