Minister vows to upgrade emergency department
THE state's health minister has made a healthy vow for the Gladstone region.
Lawrence Springborg has committed to an upgraded emergency department and assured new medical imaging services would be appropriately staffed.
He announced the Queensland Government had budgeted $500,000 for design work to upgrade Gladstone Hospital's Emergency Department.
The minister toured the hospital's $3 million upgrades yesterday, made possible from LNG funding.
Despite concerns over changes to radiology services, which will see an on-site radiologist for a minimum of 15 hours a week and a new state-of-the-art CT scanning service, Mr Springborg assured the community the 128-slot scanner would include the required staff numbers.
"There will be resources to support the utilisation and reading of those images," he said.
"The most important thing is what the hospital does and it's now doing more than it's ever done before - it will offer more orthopaedic services, specialist services, and it will offer the greatest range of imaging services not currently available."
Mr Springborg said Gladstone was an extremely major district hospital that has had crucial support from the resources sector to grow.
Gladstone Hospital executive director Dr Nicki Murdock said up to 3000 patients were expected to use the new facilities each year.
"It will be wonderful for our dedicated and professional staff to have a modern, purpose-built workplace which will help them provide even better care to our patients," Dr Murdock said.
Hutchinson Builders have been contracted to do the refurbishments, which after some initial delays are set for completion by February.
Gladstone Region Mayor Gail Sellers also met with Mr Springborg to discuss the lack of Queensland Health presence in the Discovery Coast area, and was pleased to learn an additional 13 ambulance staff have been budgeted for the Central Region.
- $1.45 million from Santos LNG high-dependency unit refurbishments
- $1.5 million from QGC for operating theatre upgrades
- $500,000 from the Queensland Government for upgrade designs for emergency department