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Gladstone’s new ED a step closer, recruitment drive to begin


Gladstone Hospital’s new Emergency Department is one step closer to reality following practical completion of the $42 million project which created more than 60 construction jobs.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher were given a first-hand look of the facility yesterday and announced a further $5 million in funding to create a further 30 jobs.

“The new ED not only means hospital staff will be able to deliver even better health care to the community, but it also means extra jobs for the region which is vital for our economic recovery,” the Premier said.

“I’m pleased to announce today a funding boost of nearly $5 million for extra doctors, nurses, allied health, operational and administration staff for the new unit.

“A recruitment drive will start soon to ensure we get the best possible mix of extra staff to complement the already-great team here in Gladstone."

The new department is expected to open in early August, starting with 14 treatment spaces.

These spaces will allow for rapid assessment, resuscitation, an acute zone and two mental health rooms.

Short-stay beds will phase in soon afterwards, for patients who required a longer period of observation without needing admission to the general ward.

CQ Health Chief Executive Steve Williamson said local firm Woollam Constructions had done a great job on the project and was finalising works at the moment.

“We’ve started fitting out the spaces, cleaning, orientating staff and training together with the project team,” Mr Williamson said.