HEALTH STATISTICS: Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service board chair Mike Horan reflects on the 2017-18 year for the service.
HEALTH STATISTICS: Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service board chair Mike Horan reflects on the 2017-18 year for the service. Kevin Farmer

Kingaroy dentist building a stand out for health service

THE new Matron Farr Building at Kingaroy Hospital provides first-class oral health training as a dental clinic and facility for the South Burnett community.

Completed in 2018 the building is among the top achievements for Darling Downs Health detailed in their 2017-18 annual report.

In 2018 work on the Kingaroy Hospital upgrade continued, as it will this year ahead of completion in 2021.

Darling Downs Hospital and Health Board chair Mike Horan AM said having all outpatients treated within the clinically represented time frame for the third consecutive year was a proud achievement.

"At the forefront of our achievements is the continued zero waitlist for specialist outpatients in all categories of clinical urgency,” he said in the annual report.

"This is an important focus as it provides patients with a pathway to receive their specialist treatment, elective surgery, endoscopy and dental treatments within clinically appropriate time frames.”

Darling Downs Health Service provides care to 280,000 people in a 90,000 square kilometre area.

In the area 32 per cent of the population is obese and 17.5 per cent of the population is over 65.

The service employs 5597 staff, 4395 of whom work full-time, 6.34 per cent are from non-English speaking backgrounds and 2.13 per cent identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island.

In the 2017-18 financial year 158,982 people attended a health service in the Darling Down region for an emergency, 11,170 surgeries took place and 2994 babies were born.

In addition 222,496 specialist outpatients were attended to, elective surgery targets have been met and maintained for four years and oral health patients waited less then two years for treatment for the fourth consecutive year.

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