Construction of the Redland Hospital’s $1.73 million expansion is well underway as local MPs inspected the construction site which will very shortly deliver an extra four short stay beds for the Emergency Department, an additional birthing suite and three birthing pools.
Member for Springwood Mick de Brenni said that the expansion would ease pressure on the Emergency Department and provide more options for expecting mothers.
“Demand for healthcare services across the region continues to grow, with admissions to Redland Hospital increasing by 8.6 percent each year over the past five years,” Minister de Brenni said.
“This expansion will increase the total number of ED short stay beds to 14 and birthing suites to seven, providing a much-needed boost to local healthcare services to meet current and future demand.”
Member for Redlands Kim Richards said that the introduction of birthing pools to Redland Hospital was a big win for local families, who previously needed to travel out of the region to access water birthing.
“Around 1800 babies are born at Redland Hospital each year and the new birthing suite will not only increase our capacity, but also give mothers more options when they give birth,” she said.
“The local community told us they wanted access to water birthing, and we are thrilled to provide local mums with this option.
“There’s a lot of exciting things happening at Redland Hospital with the Palaszczuk Government’s $1.5 million a preliminary business case to identify options to increase the capability and capacity of the hospital.”
Member for Capalaba Don Brown said that the Palaszczuk Government continued to deliver for the bayside while the State LNP and Commonwealth Government let residents down.
“We are investing record amounts of money into our local health services and we’re backing in our doctors, nurses, and paramedics,” he said.
Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Service said that the expansion was on track and being delivered.
“The Palaszczuk Government is delivering for people in the Redlands and across Queensland thanks to our record investment in hospital funding,” Minister Miles said.
“This expansion is going to make health services in the Redlands more accessible and will reduce the need for people to travel outside their communities.
“The $1.73 million expansion at Redlands Hospital is only possible thanks to Metro South’s record funding, with the 2019-20 budget delivering annual funding of $2.5 billion an increase of $157.4 million.”
Construction is expected to be completed in late 2019, with the ED expansion due to open in early 2020 and the birthing expansion due to open in mid-2020.