New energy is breathed into hospital expansion
HEALTH minister Lawrence Springborg has praised the work of the West Moreton health board as the $122 million Ipswich Hospital expansion remains on track for its 2014 completion.
Mr Springborg said the work of the new hospital board had "re-energised" the expansion project, with the front reception and pharmacy already up and running.
Work on redeveloping the Chelmsford Ave car park is under way, which will increase its capacity by 50%.
"All these major works, including a new emergency department, are on track to be completed in 2014 and will make a significant difference to the community's ability to access health services," he said.
"There are many other projects being progressed by the board, three months after they took over the reins of managing the West Moreton Hospital and Health Service."
Ipswich West MP Sean Choat said the 3.5-storey car park building included automated ticketing.
"The finalised car park design has been completed in consultation with our primary stakeholders and neighbours to ensure minimal interruption during the construction process and upon completion," he said.
Mr Springborg thanked Dr Mary Corbett and her board for bringing a renewed energy to the project.
"Dr Mary Corbett has also led the development and publication of the first West Moreton Hospital and Health Service Strategic Plan, Path to Excellence: 2012-2016 in consultation with clinicians and staff at the Ipswich-based Medicare Local, University and other key stakeholders."
The hospital will host a statewide stroke forum in November, coinciding with the launch of the dedicated Stroke Unit earlier this year.