The Honourable Geoff Wilson
Work continues on Cairns Base Hospital redevelopment
The Honourable Geoff Wilson
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Work continues on Cairns Base Hospital redevelopmentThe Bligh Government is getting on with the job of delivering the $454.6 million Cairns Base Hospital redevelopment with stage two of the managing contract now awarded.
Minister for Health Geoff Wilson said the next stage of the massive project was full steam ahead to provide more services sooner and closer to home for Cairns locals.
“Stage one of the Managing Contractor tender was awarded to Abigroup Contractors in September last year,” he said.
“Following assessment by quantity surveyors, the company has now been awarded stage two which will deliver new services progressively between 2013 and complete by 2015.
“Construction work is already underway at the hospital on a number of priority areas including expanding the Intensive Care Unit, Special Care Nursery and the birthing suites due for completion in 2013.
“The Intensive Care Unit will double in size from 12 to 24 beds providing care to critically ill adult and paediatric patients.
“The Special Care Nursery will expand and for the first time will include neonatal intensive care cots.
“This will mean very sick and premature babies may be able to stay in Cairns for treatment rather than travel to Townsville.
“Expansion to existing maternity and birthing services will include a new low-risk birthing centre to provide midwifery-led care in home-like surroundings.
“Work is also continuing on the new clinical services building (Block D) where most of the inpatient wards will be housed.
“The design of the new building incorporates an increase in the number of single rooms, with most wards having 50 per cent single rooms, and all rooms will have ensuite bathrooms when it opens in 2013,” he said.
“Later works will include the substantial refurbishment of the existing buildings and expansion of the Mental Health Unit due for completion in 2015.”
Member for Cairns Desley Boyle said the $454.6 million redevelopment of Cairns Base Hospital was not only delivering more health services but was also providing a much needed capital investment into the Cairns economy.
“The redevelopment is creating more than 2600 construction jobs over the life of the project and is expected to employ 1000 additional hospital staff including doctors, nurses and allied health professionals when complete,” she said.
“This is great news for the community and will help attract the necessary skilled workforce.
“The redevelopment will deliver an additional 168 beds and has already provided a new cardiac catheterisation lab, the Liz Plummer Cancer Care Centre and a new MRI suite for Cairns.
“The new cardiology service means that over 100 Cairns people don’t have to travel to Brisbane or Townsville for appointments and the new Cancer Centre is allowing for up to 340 cancer patients a year to receive radiation therapy in Cairns for the first time.
“The Bligh Government is investing more funding than ever before to improve patient access to public health services, reduce waiting times, expand services and build more health infrastructure.
“Nearly 40,000 jobs are being created as part of our $7 billion infrastructure program to build new and expanded health services across the state.”
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