OPINION: Bring on changes at our hospital
EARLIER this year, my wife and I were proud to welcome our second child into the world.
Our son was born at Kingaroy Hospital, and I have to say, for the most part, it was a great experience.
My wife may disagree with the word "great”, but I suppose what I mean is it was all pretty routine.
Full disclosure, my wife was admitted as a private patient so we enjoyed the benefits a robust health care plan can bring.
I fully acknowledge, though, that a lot of people in our region do not have this luxury.
I have heard mixed responses to the care provided at Kingaroy Hospital, and we have reported on both negative and positive experiences in this paper.
I won't get into that here, but what I will say is I am so glad to hear about the many upgrades coming to the hospital.
Our front page and page five story today, Tuesday November 27, focus on the new look and design of the hospital; plans for which were released to the media last week.
However, how the hospital will look is only a small part of the picture.
Have a read of the stories on page five and you will see a range of important health services will either be introduced or improved along with the upgrades.
Maternity services will be boosted and chemotherapy will be introduced.
This upgrade is so much more than cosmetic.
It will provide a far better resourced hospital right here in the South Burnett.
I know many will say these upgrades aren't enough, and arguably they never will be.
Rural hospitals will always have their limitations and issues, but I am glad to see much more will be readily available for South Burnett residents.