The state government of Queensland, Australia, has opened a A$42m ($27.47m) facility designed to enhance healthcare services for the Darling Downs community.

The Bunya Day Surgery features two operating theatres, which are expected to handle an additional 4,000 surgeries each year.

It has treated more than 30 patients so far and is equipped to perform simple procedures that eliminate the need for overnight hospital stays.

Queensland Health Minister Shannon Fentiman said: “It’s fantastic to officially open the new Bunya Day Surgery as construction gets underway on the new Toowoomba Hospital.

“These projects are providing more health care and, importantly, thousands of local jobs during construction and following completion.

“The Miles Government is building the health facilities the growing Toowoomba region needs now and into the future.”

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The Bunya Day Surgery is being developed alongside the A$1.3bn Toowoomba Hospital, which aims to deliver more emergency treatment spaces, medical imaging, pharmacy, pathology services and essential training facilities.

The Toowoomba Hospital’s design is still being refined, with updated concept renders recently released to the public.

Both facilities are part of the Queensland government’s Big Build initiative, which aims to provide access to top-tier healthcare for the state’s fast-growing regions.

Darling Downs Health Chief Executive Annette Scott said: “This is a historic day for the Health Service as construction begins on this generational infrastructure project.

“Darling Downs Health has an incredibly strong network of hospital and multi-purpose health facilities, and the New Toowoomba Hospital will further strengthen that network to provide exceptional care to the communities we serve.

“When we open this facility, I expect it to be a model of what a contemporary hospital can be, one that is not only patient-centred and focused on the wellbeing of the community and our staff but has an amenity and feel that sets a new standard for the industry.”