Low cost Mater units
MATER Hospital Bundaberg has completed construction of 12 accommodation units as the first stage of a major redevelopment project within their hospital precinct.
The accommodation buildings have two levels, each level containing four single bed units, one two bedroom unit and one three bedroom unit providing a total of 18 beds for the community.
The $3 million project has been assisted via a $1.8 million grant through the Health and Hospital Infrastructure Grant program through the Department of Health and Aging.
"These units will not only serve the accommodation needs of family and friends of patients in our hospitals but will also accommodate patients discharged from hospital who need to remain close to the hospital for follow up care as well as patients from out of town areas who are receiving treatment at our hospital," Mater Hospital Executive Officer Ivan Rasmussen said.
Mr Rasmussen outlined that although only recently opened, the units have had good utilisation from patients and families, visiting medical officers and people referred from Bundaberg Health Services Foundation.
"Some have travelled from as far away as Tasmania, Victoria and Far North Queensland," he said.
Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt officially opened the building yesterday.
"This is great for people who live in regional areas. It is also a great for families to be able to be close to loved ones who are undergoing treatment at the hospital and for patients who need to stay close by," he said.
"It is very sensibly located, surrounded by trees and birds in a beautiful bush setting."
The Mater recognised that having the accommodation units located in close proximity to the hospital can help to reduce stress by ensuring that family and friends of the patient are more easily able to provide the love and support. An important factor in the healing and recovery process.