BABY ON BOARD: Parents Shannon Sauer and Beau White with tiny Shakiah Dawson White, the first baby born in the Theodore hospital since the flood.
BABY ON BOARD: Parents Shannon Sauer and Beau White with tiny Shakiah Dawson White, the first baby born in the Theodore hospital since the flood.

New life after Theodore floods

THE first post-flood baby has been born at Theodore Hospital, showing life continues to return to the flood-ravaged community.

Shakiah Dawson White was born at 2.35pm on January 29 and is the third child for proud parents Shannon Sauer and Beau White.

Shakiah's birth was another stepping stone back to normality for the resilient town.

Theodore's recovery continues, with Banana Shire division six Councillor Vaughn Becker telling Central Telegraph temporary accommodation was expected to arrive next week.

He said the donger-type facilities would be supplied by the Department of Housing.

“The builders are well into the renovations at the retirement village,” Cr Becker said.

He also said the process to build a new surgery was well under way.

.At a public meeting last week, Queensland Health rural director of nursing for the Banana hub Ellen Palmer endorsed Queensland Health's support of the temporary medical centre within the Theodore Hospital as well as the continuation of the hospital's acute, theatre and maternity services.

With the support of Queensland Health, the Theodore Medical Centre was up and running, providing healthcare services to the township from the first four rooms of the hospital within three days of the residents returning to the town.

The hospital's accident and emergency department re-opened within the following week, and the co-location of all acute healthcare services was working exceptionally well.

Deputy Premier Paul Lucas visited Theodore this week with Queensland Health deputy director-general Graham Newton.

Mr Lucas told Central Telegraph one thing authorities learnt was to improve access to the Theodore airport so it could be used in most floods.

Mr Lucas, who is also the state's health minister, said the plan for the centre to be based at the hospital would be a better outcome than before the floods.

Dr Bruce Chater, of the Theodore Medical Centre, said during the initial two days of the evacuation they were able to secure great support from Anglo Coal with a commitment to provide a demountable building to house the centre within the hospital grounds as a temporary measure until a new, permanent centre could be built.

“We have been in discussions with Queensland Health since that time and are now very pleased to report that the more substantial, but temporary, Theodore Medical Centre will be located on the Ninth Avenue side of the grounds and is expected to be operational by mid to late April,” he said.

Dr Chater believed the benefits of the co-location of medical services would be of great benefit to the community and was negotiating a permanent location for the centre within the grounds.



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