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    Deputy Premier and Minister for Health
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    NEW HEALTH SERVICES FOR THE FRASER COAST

    Deputy Premier and Minister for Health
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Friday, September 10, 2010

    NEW HEALTH SERVICES FOR THE FRASER COAST

    Deputy Premier and Health Minister Paul Lucas today announced a new multi-million dollar satellite renal unit for Maryborough.

    Mr Lucas also announced the Maryborough Hospital would become the Fraser Coast centre for rehabilitation and sub-acute care.

    “These very important initiatives were identified in a review of Fraser Coast health services, which I committed to in November last year,” Mr Lucas said.

    “I know that renal services are a core priority for the Fraser Coast community, a fact this review confirmed.

    “What’s more, local Member Chris Foley has been a strong advocate for renal services on behalf of the community.

    “That’s why I am pleased to announce that Maryborough will benefit from a new $3 million, six chair renal unit.

    “This means that by the middle of next year, Fraser Coast residents will be able to receive their dialysis at Maryborough or Hervey Bay hospitals.

    “Further, we will also establish a $1.8 million, 22 bed specialist rehabilitation unit at Maryborough Hospital by mid 2011.

    “The Rehabilitation Unit development will not only provide first-class services for those patients requiring care, but it will free up acute beds at Maryborough and Hervey Bay hospitals for patients who need an acute bed in hospital.

    “Today I am here to send a clear message to the people of the Fraser Coast that the Hervey Bay and Maryborough hospitals have a very solid future.

    “The Queensland Government is committed to continuing to provide safer and better coordinated services across the Fraser Coast.

    The review of health services in the region determined Hervey Bay Hospital would continue to provide the majority of acute services while Maryborough Hospital will be developed and enhanced to provide the majority of elective day surgery and become a rehabilitation hub.

    “This means some services, such as the Intensive Care Unit, maternity services, paediatrics and neonatal care will continue to function from Hervey Bay Hospital.

    “And it means the Maryborough Hospital has a very important future in the development of safe and sustainable health services on the Fraser Coast.

    The review also highlights the development of a new $8 million 13 chair oral health facility to be built near the Hervey Bay Hospital – more than doubling the size of the current facility.

    “And the $4.27 million Pathology Lab planned for the Hervey Bay Hospital is expected to be completed mid-2011.”

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