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Tenders called for $7.2m Longreach Hospital works

Tenders have been called for a combined $7.2 million worth of works at Longreach Hospital, the Queensland Government announced today.

The latest works program is part of a $28 million investment in upgrades and refurbishments to the hospital since 2017.

“The upgrading and refurbishment works at Longreach Hospital ensure healthcare delivery in a facility equipped for the 21st century,” said Health Minister, Yvette D’Ath.

“This is an investment that will benefit Central West residents for years to come.”

Longreach Hospital is an 18-bed facility comprising 15 overnight and 3 maternity beds, with an additional four day surgery beds, and is the principal hub hospital for the Central West region.

As part of the works, Central West Health is partnering with Pathology Queensland to expand, refurbish and upgrade the existing laboratory within the hospital.

The existing pharmacy department will also be upgraded and expanded.

A new dialysis unit will be established on the ground floor of the South Wing of Longreach Hospital, close to the Allied Health service.

“The development of a full nurse-assisted haemodialysis unit for Longreach certainly will prove to be a major improvement in patients’ lives,” said Central West Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive, Anthony West.

“An additional three specialised nurses and an administration officer will be recruited to support the new dialysis unit.

“Nurse-assisted dialysis is a complex service to deliver, requiring access to specialist medical and allied health support and on-site nursing staff.

“For this reason, the Central Queensland Kidney Service at Rockhampton has partnered with Central West Health to support the safe provision of dialysis care at Longreach.”

Tenders for the combined works will close on 5 April, with a successful contractor to be announced soon after.

The combined works are expected to be completed by the end of this year.

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