Mater Hospital Executive officer Peter Comerford announced that work would shortly commence to upgrade the hospital. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Mater Hospital Executive officer Peter Comerford announced that work would shortly commence to upgrade the hospital. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Expansion at Rockhampton Mater Hospital helps region’s sick

AN upgrade to Rockhampton's Mater Misericordiae Hospital will help ease the burden for families travelling to the region for treatment.

It is part of a $20million expansion across the Mercy Health and Aged Care group covering Central Queensland, Mackay, Gladstone and Bundaberg.

As well as two new operating rooms, the upgrade includes motel style accommodation with one, two, and three bedroom units.

These units will reduce stress and expenses for patients and their families who will be able to stay close to the hospital.

Mercy Health and Aged Care Central Queensland CEO Ian Mill said the accommodation project had been supported through community fundraising.

"The success of the McAuley units established on the Mater Mackay campus, in terms of patient support outcomes, reinforce the value of this project," said Mr Mill.

The government-funded upgrade will allow the hospital to grow with the community as the local population expands.

"Patients who cannot access timely health services generally have poorer clinical outcomes that inevitably impact on their ability to work and participate in community activities and can lead to further health complications," he said.

"The additional theatre space will enable us to provide more timely health services to patients within the region rather than them having to travel."



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