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The Ipswich Hospital extension underway for a 2014 completion date. Photo: Sarah Harvey / The Queensland Times
The Ipswich Hospital extension underway for a 2014 completion date. Photo: Sarah Harvey / The Queensland Times Sarah Harvey

THE Ipswich skyline has a new addition after a giant crane assembled to help with the Ipswich Hospital redevelopment was put in place.

The hoisting of the rower block crane marked a significant milestone for the project.

Construction on the new block of the $128.7 million 90 bed expansion of Ipswich Hospital is now well under way.

Ipswich Hospital executive director Linda Hardy said the new ward block will be two stories high and will provide additional capacity for medical and surgical services.

"The first concrete pour for the slab of the new building will occur in the first week of June," she said.

"The Ipswich Hospital expansion also includes refurbishing significant areas of the existing hospital."

Stage one of the front entry refurbishment is now complete and stage two, which includes relocation of the pharmacy, is due for completion at the end of June.

The newly refurbished medical imaging department on level six of ward block will also open next month.

The emergency department expansion, which will commence in August, will be built in three stages.

Ms Hardy said the ED expansion includes significant refurbishment and a new build component.

The expanded ED will be more than double the size, increasing capacity to 47 treatment spaces.

"Careful planning has been underway with project staff, clinicians and the builders to ensure the ED project is carefully managed to minimise any impact on patients and service".

The crane was named the P Lane Crane, after staff member Pam Lane, who worked within the hospital walls for 20 years.

The expansion was announced late last year.

The Ipswich Hospital was founded more than 150 years ago.


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