UPGRADE: Work being conducted at the new emergency department at Hervey Bay Hospital.
UPGRADE: Work being conducted at the new emergency department at Hervey Bay Hospital. Alistair Brightman

BUDGET: Millions towards Wide Bay health services

CARDIAC patients in Wide Bay will have improved procedures and treatments with $2.8 million dedicated to increased provision of cardiac intervention services.

It comes off the back of a record health budget announcement by the Palaszczuk Government today.

More than $614 million will be invested into healthcare in the Wide Bay region in 2018-19 focusing on strengthening frontline services and managing rising demand.

It's a $33 million increase from the previous financial year for Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service which will have an operating budget of $614.9 million.

Additionally, $2.9 million will be put towards community health treatment services as well as funding towards upgrades at local hospitals including Maryborough and Hervey Bay.

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Maryborough MP Bruce Saunders said the Palaszczuk Government was strengthening frontline health services to cater for an expected population growth over the next 10 years.

"$5.7 million will be provided in general growth funding to meet the projected increase in activity including emergency department presentations, elective surgery and outpatients," Mr Saunders said.

"This includes part year commissioning costs for the new Hervey Bay Emergency Department and some additional capacity at Bundaberg Hospital to help alleviate bed pressures."

The State Budget will include a record $18.3 billion for health services and infrastructure in Queensland in 2018-19 according to Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles.

Priorities for Wide Bay

  • $2.9M for community mental health treatment services.
  • $2.8M to support increased provision of cardiac intervention services to patients on the Fraser Coast.
  • $960,000 to improve gastrointestinal endoscopy services.
  • $670,000 for additional clinical staff to meet increasing demand for health services in Queensland correctional facilities.
  • $7M for works to refurbish the Maryborough Hospital Emergency Department, Specialist Outpatient Department and front reception.
  • $11.9M to complete construction and commissioning of the new $42.5M Emergency Department at Hervey Bay Hospital.
  • $4.1M to complete works to refurbish Gayndah Hospital and Eidsvold Multi-Purpose Health Service.


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