Hospital upgrade approval could be six months away
MEMBER for Maryborough Bruce Saunders is working to secure about $15M for an upgrade at Maryborough Base Hospital, which would include a major revamp to its emergency department.
He announced the proposed plan earlier this month, that would increase the department's capacity by 40% to about 20 beds.
At present, the emergency department has about 10 beds.
Despite being located conveniently off the Bruce Hwy, patients in non-timely incidents are often transported to other medical facilities to avoid clogging up Maryborough Base Hospital.
"We are in the process of working with department official to make sure the upgrade gets done right," Mr Saunders said.
"I don't care how long it takes, we have to make sure we do it properly.
"It could be six months before work starts."
Mr Saunders said the upgrade would be designed to cater the community and its growth for the next 25 years.
"As we're situated on the highway, I want the hospital at a level that the people of Maryborough want and for it to become a very modern facility," he said.
Hervey Bay Hospital is often the go-to location for ambulances to drive to when bypassing Maryborough Base Hospital.
Aside from patients being sent to Hervey Bay Hospital directly from emergency situation, it also receives regular transfers from locations including Maryborough, Gayndah, Mundubbera and Gympie.
The proposed upgrade at Maryborough Base Hospital also includes better entry points for ambulance vans and improved facilities for visiting specialists.
"Having so many big industries in Maryborough, the upgrade is also a precaution in case there is a catastrophe," Mr Saunders said.