The Government of Queensland announced that the Kingaroy Hospital redevelopment’s first stage is nearing completion.

Currently, workers are completing the new main building of the hospital, under the A$92.5m ($68.69m) redevelopment plan.

Queensland Health and Ambulance Services Minister Yvette D’Ath said: “Despite the challenges this year has presented, the project is on schedule and has created about 72 full time equivalent jobs during construction, with the main contractor Broad Construction Services operating from a local satellite office and using local sub-contractors wherever possible.

“Services began moving to the new building this week as workers complete painting and fit out.

“This includes an expanded emergency department, a tele-chemo unit, a new day surgery unit with state-of-the-art operating theatres, modern birthing suites and modern wards allowing better patient care and comfort.”

Additionally, the hospital will be equipped with rainwater tanks and solar panels. The building is expected to use the natural light.

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The new hospital will increase patient treatment spaces to 66 from 46. It also includes four treatment spaces for mental health patients and a secure-access room for staff use.

It will also have enhanced capacity to deliver trauma, paediatric, obstetric, rehabilitation and mental health services.

D’Ath added: “This time next year we also will be getting very close to opening the final stage of this new facility, which will house an expanded renal dialysis unit, and increased specialist outpatient services.”

She also noted that upgrades are also being carried out at Logan, Caboolture, Ipswich, Townsville, Cairns, Redcliffe, Redlands, Roma, Nambour, Atherton and the Torres Strait hospitals.

She stated: “The Palaszczuk Government’s Economic Recovery Plan includes $889m of new health infrastructure supporting more than 2,600 additional local construction jobs.”