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    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    $11.4 million funding boost for Logan Hospital ED

    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Friday, January 22, 2016

    $11.4 million funding boost for Logan Hospital ED

    The Emergency Department at Logan Hospital, one of the state’s busiest, will receive an $11.4 million funding boost to provide extra beds and more staff to cope with population growth in Logan City.

    Member for Woodridge and Minister Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said that the cash injection would provide an extra 11 beds, two in the paediatric unit and nine in the adult section.

    “Logan City is one of the fastest growing parts of Queensland, and there has been a 15 per cent surge in presentations to the Hospital’s emergency department this financial year,” he said.

    “This is why we are increasing the ED’s capacity by bringing in 41 new staff and opening a further 11 beds – two in children’s unit and nine in the adult section.”

    “We are also implementing several new initiatives that will ease the pressure in the ED and enable patients to be seen sooner.”

    Mr Dick said the extra funding would increase the nurse to patient ratio in the paediatric unit from 1:4 to 1:3.

    There will also be a physiotherapist in the adult acute and short stay areas, while a team dedicated to identifying and transferring patients from acute beds to wards will also be established, which would free up capacity in the Emergency Department.

    Metro South Health Board Chair Terry White welcomed the funding, which he said would enable the Emergency Department to better meet the needs of the local community.

    “Increasing resources into our paediatric and adult emergency departments will ensure we can better manage the growth in the number of patients,” he said.

    “These initiatives will improve the flow of patients through Logan Hospital and improve the ED experience for patients and staff.”

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