Work on the $8.5 million upgrading of Longreach Hospital continues to progress, with the

completion date for Stage 2 extended to allow for some additional modifications.

Central West Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive Jane Hancock said Stage 2 now was

expected to be completed in late December, rather than September as previously expected.

“Our contractor Hutchinson Builders has advised a number of modifications to the current works

program are required,’’ she said.

“These relate to floor set outs, the need to comply with new firewall standards and the need to

replace some existing windows that have found to be leaking.’’

Ms Hancock said while work on Stage 2 progressed, public access and patient admissions to

the hospital would continue to be through the northern end of the hospital.

“I would like to thank our patients and clients, the community, our staff and visiting specialists

for their patience while we continue with this major upgrade and improvement to the hospital,’’

she said.

“The short-term inconvenience currently being experienced will be more than compensated for

by the significantly improved facilities that will be available after the completion of these works.’’

Ms Hancock said the second stage of the works involved:

Extensive upgrading of the air-conditioning system.

Construction of new medical imaging department.

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.

The Longreach Hospital upgrading works involve a total of 11 stages, with final completion

expected in May 2018.

ENDS

For further information contact:

James Guthrie

Principal Media Officer, Rural and Remote Qld

Media and Communication

Department of Health

(07) 3708 5379

Jim.Guthrie@health.qld.gov.au