Relocating the Hervey Bay Hospital helipad is part of the hospital's early works in the major upgrade to the emergency department.
Relocating the Hervey Bay Hospital helipad is part of the hospital's early works in the major upgrade to the emergency department. Valerie Horton

Massive upgrade to Hervey Bay Hospital starts soon

WORK on the $40 million upgrade to the Hervey Bay Hospital emergency department will begin next month.

The construction will be split into two stages involving early works and main building works.

The early works will include site excavation, changes to internal roads and paths, drainage works, relocation of the helipad and a new 48-space sealed car park.

Tender submissions for this stage of the upgrade have already closed and are being reviewed by Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service.

The main building works tender will be called in early 2017, with work planned to start in May after completion of the early works.

The new building will include the emergency department on the ground level - which will increase beds from 19 to 37 - new education and learning facilities, and a 24-bed Clinical Decision Unit (CDU) on Level 1.

There will also be a shell space on Level 2 for a future inpatient ward and intensive care unit.

WBHHS acting chief executive Debbie Carroll said the Hervey Bay community would benefit greatly from the new facilities.

"It is exciting for our staff and the broader community that the new building nearly doubles the beds at the emergency department, improves clinical space, doubles CDU beds, provides better staff training facilities and additional room for future inpatient and intensive care units," she said.

WBHHS plans to have the main building works completed by the middle of 2018.

The upgrade was announced by the State Government in September.



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