Work to start on M'boro rehab unit
FRASER Coast patients undergoing rehabilitation are one step closer to getting treatment locally, with work about to start on a $1.8 million, 22-bed service at Maryborough Hospital.
Hervey Bay company Win Constructions Queensland will start work on the long-awaited rehabilitation unit within weeks and the first patients are expected to be treated early next year.
"This will be the first specialist rehabilitation service available locally, meaning many patients will no longer need to travel to Bundaberg, the Sunshine Coast or Brisbane for treatment," Wide Bay Health Service District chief executive officer Ken Whelan said.
"Rehabilitation patients will be situated in a relaxed and modern home-like environment that promotes a return to independent activity through multi-disciplinary healthcare."
Patients will be able to access services including physiotherapy, dietetics, occupational therapy, speech pathology and social workers through the new unit, which will also have an on-site gym and patient kitchen and dining areas.
"We have also recently recruited staff with extensive experience in rehabilitation, such as a clinical nurse consultant, a nurse unit manager and a specialist geriatrician to work in the upcoming unit," he said.
Mr Whelan said Maryborough Hospital was fast becoming a centre of excellence for rehabilitation and sub-acute care, as demonstrated by this investment and the $3 million Satellite Renal Service opened last year.
Win Constructions Queensland CEO Daniel Poacher said the construction would directly benefit the local economy.
"We are a 100% locally owned company that employs local people," he said.