Mater Hospital.
Mater Hospital. Mike Knott

Building bigger, better hospitals

HEALTH care is set to improve with a 32-bed extension to the Mater Hospital approved by Bundaberg Regional Council last week.

A three-storey building that will house pharmacy, radiology, nuclear medicine, pathology, physiotherapists and a general practice room will also be built.

The building will include basement parking, accommodation and maintenance facilities.

As a part of the redevelopment, the eastern wing of the hospital, including consulting suites, medical records, maintenance areas and car parks, will be demolished.

Significant extra parking will be built, bringing the number of off-street car parks to 274.

The rest of the hospital will be refurbished as a part of the redevelopment.

Bundaberg regional councillor Ross Sommerfeld said the application would provide a “huge boost to the city's medical services”.

“The approval of the Mater Hospital redevelopment helps to reinforce Bundaberg as the hub of quality medical services within the Wide Bay region,” he said.

Cr Sommerfeld said the development would also provide 12 one-bedroom units that would provide accommodation for families of hospitalised patients.

The Mater Hospital was not available for comment.

While new development of the Mater Hospitals are pending, the expansion of Bundaberg Hospital is progressing.

Construction of the more than $50 million development is ongoing, with just the relocation of the pharmacy, expansion of the medical imaging department, refurbishment of central admissions and refurbishment of the “old women's block” for the allied health and rehabilitation unit to be completed.

“The next and final stage to be completed includes a conversion of space previously occupied by the emergency department for pharmacy and other clinical services and refurbishment of the area vacated by the rehabilitation ward to provide an additional 20-bed medical ward,” Wide Bay Health Service District CEO Ken Whelan said.

Developments are also under way at the Friendly Society Private Hospital.

The NewsMail was unable to speak to the hospital about the development.

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