Wednesday, July 24, 2024

$2.8m upgrade to revive Maleny hospital

Work on a $2.8 million upgrade of Maleny Soldiers Memorial Hospital is set to get underway this week, the Queensland Government has announced.

Queensland Minister for Health, Mental Health, and Ambulance Services, Shannon Fentiman said the significant upgrade would improve the patient experience for the Maleny community.

“We know that the Maleny region is growing, and these works will ensure the facility and its health care workers can continue to deliver the best health care possible,” said Minister Fentiman.

“These works form part of the largest infrastructure expansion program ever undertaken by a Queensland Government to deliver an investment in health for our communities.

“This $2.8 million investment will see a significant infrastructure uplift including internal and external works, a new mechanical plant, and a new roof.

“I am proud to be part of a government that continues to deliver on its infrastructure commitments and supports the delivery of world-class health care, no matter where people live.”

To carry out the works, some ward beds will be temporarily relocated to Nambour General Hospital to ensure patient comfort and safety.

The Sunshine Coast Health Assets and Infrastructure team has been working with clinical teams to ensure the least possible impact to patients, and to allow the completion of the works as quickly as possible.

“We welcome those who will be temporarily relocated to Nambour General Hospital whilst these works are underway,” said Member for Nicklin, Robert Skelton.

“It’s great to see our government delivering the infrastructure our health care workers need to continue providing residents in the area with the best possible care.” 

The emergency department and specialist outpatients will remain open for the duration of the works.

“The Maleny Soldiers Memorial Hospital opened its doors to patients in October 1920 and has had a number of extensions and renovations over the years,” said Sunshine Coast Health Senior Director Capital Assets and Infrastructure, Andrew Leggate.

“During this time, we will also take the opportunity to upgrade IT capability in readiness for the integrated electronic medical records (ieMR) project.

“I want to thank our dedicated Sunshine Coast Health clinicians and Maleny community for their patience during the works,” he said.

External construction works are expected to begin in September, with internal works planned to start in November.

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