Photo: Longreach Hospital

Work on the first stage of an $8.5 million program of upgrading works at Longreach Hospital started this
week.

Central West Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive Jane Hancock said Hutchinson Builders had
won the tender for the construction component of the project and were now on site at the hospital.

Hutchinson also built the landmark $17.5 million Alpha Multipurpose Health Service and collocated
emergency services facility that was completed in June last year and officially opened in November.

“Including construction, architect and other consultant costs, the Longreach Hospital works are worth an
estimated $8.5 million and are expected to be completed by late 2018,’’ Ms Hancock said.

“The works at Longreach will deliver a state of the art medical imaging department that will include the
provision of a CT scanner in conjunction with medical imaging services contractor Alpenglow Australia Pty Ltd.

“The scanner will be a first for Longreach and will benefit around 50 Central West patients a month once
operational.

“That’s 50 people who won’t have to go outside the Central West to have their CT scans. They will be
able to have their scans right here in Longreach.

“The availability of a CT scanner means Central West doctors will be able to expand some surgical
services on the basis of an accurate CT diagnosis.

“In the future they will be able to undertake some more complex surgical procedures that would not
otherwise be done without a CT scanner ready to hand in the hospital.

“As well as diagnostic information, a CT scanner will be used in delivering some treatments.’’

Ms Hancock said the Longreach works also would include a new day surgery unit on the ground floor
where the maternity unit currently was located, while the maternity unit would relocate upstairs to the first
floor and also be upgraded as part of the move.

“In addition, the air-conditioning system throughout the hospital will be upgraded,’’ she said.

“The new day surgery unit will help improve the efficiency of the operating theatres, as well as
significantly expanding the hospital’s capacity to undertake various procedures and ensure that more
patients can be treated closer to home.

“Meanwhile, the new air-conditioning, when completed, will be far more energy and cost efficient than
the current ageing system.’’

The Longreach Hospital works were announced by Health Minister Cameron Dick in late 2015.

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