MEDIC: community Nurse Judith Henning with nurse Craig Egan both work at Cunnamulla hospital.
MEDIC: community Nurse Judith Henning with nurse Craig Egan both work at Cunnamulla hospital.

Big hospital upgrade for Cunnamulla

CUNNAMULLA Hospital will receive a $3.295million upgrade over the next year.

Health and Ambulance Services Minister Cameron Dick said the works represented a significant makeover for the hospital.

"Overall, the works program will support up to 13 jobs while it is in progress and result in a range of improved facilities," Mr Dick said.

The upgrade will mean a full refurbishment of the hospital kitchen, an upgrade of existing fire services and a full upgrade and replacement of electrical services.

They will also replace the existing laundry with a new building that will be connected to the western end of the ward wing at the hospital with an access ramp.

The minister also said the upgrade will improve security and disabled access through a better ramp at the front of the hospital.

Mr Dick said the South West Hospital and Health Service would go to tender for the various works in the coming weeks and months, with most works expected to be completed by the end of the year and the remainder by mid-2017.

"I think Cunnamulla residents will be very pleased with the end results when these various works programs are completed," he said.

"The Palaszczuk Government is committed to maintaining and improving health services, no matter where they are located."

Mayor Lindsay Godfrey said the upgrade was great news for the local community.

The health minister also announced the addition of a senior mental health clinician to be based in the town.

"Cunnamulla previously received a visiting mental health service from Charleville twice a week but had no dedicated mental health staff based in the community," Cr Godfrey said.

He said the position will soon be advertised and will likely be filled in September.

"They will also work with the Palaszczuk Government and community-supported Project HOPE initiative in the region," he added.

"The clinician will provide mental health treatment, as well as consultation and liaison services."

The primary role of the clinician is to integrate model of care across the health system.


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