Registered nurse Daron Kalff shows Edward and Julie Mosby and their son Ben the resuscitation on tour of new emergency department at Rockhampton Hospital, with volunteer Janice Keyes.
Registered nurse Daron Kalff shows Edward and Julie Mosby and their son Ben the resuscitation on tour of new emergency department at Rockhampton Hospital, with volunteer Janice Keyes. Sharyn Oneill

Rocky goes high tech

EDWARD Mosby wasn’t going to let an opportunity for a close inspection of Rockhampton Hospital’s new emergency department slip by.

With his two-year-old son, Ben, in his arms, Edward was keen to see the specialist facilities for children.

“We’ve had to take Ben up to emergency a couple of times so I was very keen to see how things have changed,” said Edward, a psychologist who lives in Rockhampton.

And after touring the department on Saturday along with hundreds of others, he said it looked like money well spent.

“I think it looks fantastic, with lots of high tech equipment. They’ve not scrimped on that.

“It was obvious how exciting it is for the doctors and nurses who will be working there. They were saying that it won’t just help them work more smoothly, it will help the hospital attract new specialists.

“The staff have always done a great job but the old department left a lot to be desired.”

He said he was impressed that in future there would be no need to sit in corridors waiting alongside patients on trolleys.

“There’s a great paediatric area with its own waiting zone and for parents like us that will make a huge difference.”

But Dr Kim Bulwinkel, the Australian Medical Association Queensland Capricornia representative, said although the new facility was undoubtedly sorely needed and very modern, he believed it would prove inadequate for the region’s needs.

“I am very sad that the opportunity to properly plan and build for the future has been squandered.”

He said in 20 years time, according to information on Queensland Government websites, Rockhampton’s population is projected to be 153,000, with 349,000 in the area the hospital has to cater for.

Dr Bulwinkel says the new emergency department has fewer treatment bays and consultation rooms than in 1985 when the population of Rockhampton was just 57,000. “This new facility has to last our region for about 20 to 25 years. Ask yourself, does it stack up to our future needs, or even our current needs?”

The staff have always done a great job but the old department left a lot to be desired



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