Photo: The main entrance of the new Alpha Hospital.

“The old hospital,
parts of which were more than 85 years old,
has served the community very
well but this brand new facility brings health
care in Alpha right into the 21st century,’’
– Central West Health Board Chair Jane Williams

Between 60 and 70 residents of Alpha and the surrounding area enjoyed a sneak peak of their

brand new community hospital at a special open day on 2 June.

Central West Health Board Chair Jane Williams said the day had been well-attended and
residents had been very impressed with the new facility.

“The old hospital, parts of which were more than 85 years old, has served the community very
well but this brand new facility brings health care in Alpha right into the 21st century,’’ she said.

“Nevertheless, it’s an emotional time for me as I spent 10 years as the Director of Nursing at the
old Alpha Hospital during the 1990s and early 2000s.

“The old hospital holds many good memories for me and it’s sad to leave it, but there is no
doubt the new facility is absolutely state of the art and will serve the community well for many
more years.’’

Ms Williams said the new Alpha Community Hospital would begin delivering full services from
10 June.

The hospital forms part of the new $17.5 million co-located emergency services facility that has
just been completed in the town using modern modular construction techniques.

As well as the hospital, the facility includes staff accommodation, a combined Queensland
Police Service and Queensland Fire and Rescue facility, provision for a future State Emergency
Service presence and provision for a hospital-based Queensland Ambulance Service.

The hospital and associated staff accommodation components of the new co-located
emergency services facility comprised a total of 42 separate modules that were built at a factory
in Toowoomba and then transported to Alpha on 37 separate truckloads for assembly on-site.

The new hospital component includes:

• 24-hour emergency access.
• Two inpatient beds.
• Two observation beds.
• Two resuscitation bays.
• Private practice clinic facilities.
• A four-bed residential aged care facility with own verandahs.
• Outpatient treatment facilities.
• Telehealth facilities and non-clinical support services.
Energy efficiencies also have been incorporated into the building, including natural daylight in
corridors, use of solar energy and an on-site sewage treatment plant that provides treated water
for watering green areas.

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