Work on the second stage of the $8.5 million upgrading works at Longreach Hospital has
started.

Central West Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive Jane Hancock said the first stage of
the works had involved mechanical and air-conditioning upgrades to the first floor of the
northern end of the hospital.

“This work also involved upgrading of the nurse call and medical gases systems,’’ she said.

“This has now all been completed and contractor Hutchinson Builders has now moved to the
southern end of the building.

“Over the next few months, they will be working on both the ground and first floors of the
southern end of the building.

“During this time, public access and patient admissions to the hospital will be through the
northern end of the hospital.’’

Ms Hancock said the second stage of the works would involve:

• Extensive upgrading of the air-conditioning system.
• Construction of new medical imaging department, including installation of a new Siemens
multi-slice CT scanner.
• Construction of a new day surgery unit on the ground floor where the maternity unit
currently is located.
• Relocation and refurbishment of the maternity unit from the ground floor to the first floor.

Ms Hancock said the second stage of works was expected to be completed by early
September.

She said the upgrading works would involve a total of 11 stages, with final completion expected
in early 2018.

“When completed, the works 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,’’ she said.

“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.’’

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