Responsible Agency: Queensland Health, Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service
Proposal Stage of Development: Preliminary business case
Building Queensland Role: Assist

NEED

Bundaberg Hospital is experiencing significant service and infrastructure pressures (including space, site and fit-for-purpose infrastructure) impacting the ability to deliver contemporary health services for the Bundaberg region in the long term. The Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service has employed numerous strategies to relieve the service pressure, including implementation of service optimisation initiatives and leveraging rural facilities. Despite these strategies, 19.5 per cent of acute inpatient activity is being delivered outside of the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service with the majority at Metro North Hospital and Health Service, some 350 kilometres away. This outflow of patients results in pressure on Metro North Hospital and Health Service and represents a significant social, economic and financial burden.

PROPOSAL

The proposal will investigate the construction of a new hospital that will provide fit-for-purpose infrastructure to address the future needs of the Bundaberg region. The proposal includes detailed health service modelling to establish the future health care demand, service capability and staffing requirements to support the growing and ageing population of the Wide Bay Burnett region. Key considerations include: access to clinical services, flood resilience and capacity for future growth and expansion. The proposal will investigate options for the staged relocation of priority services.