Construction work has commenced on the $46m redevelopment of the Thursday Island Hospital and Primary Healthcare Centre in the Australian state of Queensland.
Works have begun at the primary healthcare centre while works at the hospital will begin on 26 April.
Queensland Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Yvette D’Ath said: “The first stage of works at the hospital will include a refurbishment of ward areas, construction of a new operating theatre and a staged roof replacement.
“As part of this process, the inpatient ward at Thursday Island Hospital will be relocated to another part of the hospital to allow works to get under way in the main ward area.
“At the primary healthcare centre (PHCC), the first works will involve construction of a new fire evacuation route and refurbishment of consultation rooms.
“While a core group of staff will remain at the primary healthcare centre, the bulk of staff and services have been relocated offsite for the duration of the redevelopment.
Redevelopment of the Thursday Island PHCC (Sibuwani Ngurpai Meta) will be completed in early 2022, followed by Thursday Island Hospital works in late 2022.
Principal contractor Hutchinson Builders had completed early preparations to pave way for construction.
The works are expected to create around 53 full time jobs during the period of construction.
Once redeveloped, Thursday Island Hospital will have 31 inpatient beds, seven emergency department spaces, operating theatre with four recovery spaces, a birthing suite with a birthing pool and additional procedural space for emergency birthing.
Furthermore, the hospital will have five outpatient rooms and an enhanced medical imaging department with space for the future installation of a CT scanner.
The number of negative pressure isolation rooms included among the inpatient beds, would be doubled from one to two, thereby improving safety and boosting the hospital’s capacity to manage tuberculosis and other infectious diseases.
The redeveloped primary healthcare centre, when complete, will offer 22 consultation, treatment and interview rooms, along with five dental surgeries.