The new Yeppoon Hospital looks complete, but it’s still closed.
The new Yeppoon Hospital looks complete, but it’s still closed. CHRIS ISON CI

No date for opening of hospital

IT’S more than four months since Queensland Premier Anna Bligh came to Yeppoon to see the finishing touches being made to the town’s new $21.5 million hospital.

The hospital was due to be handed over to Queensland Health by builders at the end of September – but it remains closed to patients.

And Queensland Health couldn’t say yesterday when the facility would open.

The authority said yesterday minor rectifications to finishes were being made and the contractor for the project was working to complete those rectifications.

In response to specific questions raised by a whistleblower about the delay, a spokesman for Queensland Health denied that the floor in the emergency department had to be dug up and replaced.

“There has been some additional sealing of vinyl in various parts of the hospital,” the spokesman said.

There were similar denials that the rectifications centred on a poorly designed kitchen and that central heating conduits had to be redug.

“External works on the Capricorn Coast Hospital and Health Service were completed in December and final internal commissioning is being completed during January,” said the statement issued yesterday.

“Construction was completed on schedule at the end of 2009 and the hospital is expected to open shortly before commissioning.”

During her visit on August 28, Ms Bligh hailed it as a new era in healthcare and said she thought the people of the Capricorn Coast would be delighted with the outcome.

The hospital, which has 22 acute beds and 12 day beds, brings acute and emergency services together with community health and dentistry under one roof for the first time at the coast.

The Morning Bulletin was told by two independent sources that there were problems with flooring, which needs to be sealed to cut the risk of infection, and the hospital’s kitchen.



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