6 August 2020
New Roma Hospital construction completed
Construction of the $112.6 million new Roma Hospital has been completed.
With the main build finished, the focus will turn to the completion of car parks and
formal commissioning of the new hospital and associated staff familiarisation with the
new facilities over the next three months.
Deputy Premier and Health and Ambulance Services Minister Steven Miles said this
would be followed by the relocation of staff and services from the old hospital to the
new.
“The decanting and relocation of an entire hospital, its services, equipment and staff
is a complex undertaking and always takes time to complete,’’ Mr Miles said.
“The first stage of the move has already occurred with the relocation of building and
maintenance, stores and laundry services.
“The main, progressive transfer of services and staff will be towards the end of the
calendar year after which the new facility will be fully operational.’’
Mr Miles said installation of the hospital generator was still being completed and
external works would continue for some weeks to finish the new hospital car park
and landscaping.
“But the main hospital build is now complete,’’ he said.
“The new three-level Roma Hospital building delivers 22 beds and two birth suites,
with departments including emergency, ambulatory care, medical imaging, medical
records, operating theatres and central sterilising.”
Mr Miles said additional facilities included pathology, pharmacy, reception areas,
administration areas, staff lounge, training rooms, laundry, kitchen, a café and plant
rooms.
“Once fully operational by the end of the year, the new Roma Hospital will mark a
new era of health service delivery in the Maranoa region and the South West as a
whole,’’ he said.
“The hospital design reflects the very latest advances in healthcare and technology
and the ability to adapt to any future changes in healthcare.
“There is also the flexibility to add to the hospital in the future as required, with space
for this to be created by the progressive demolition and removal of the old hospital
buildings in the coming months.’’
Mr Miles said the Roma Hospital construction project had resulted in:
 More than $4 million spent directly with local companies,
 Sub-contractors leased more than 30 houses in the local area,
 More than 60 locals were employed for various components working on
the site, including five apprentices/trainees,
 More than 40 local businesses were engaged to complete contracting,
supply services materials and more,
 Altogether, the Roma Hospital project supported 97 Full Time Equivalent
jobs during its construction period.
South West Hospital and Health Board Chair Karen Tully said she wanted to thank
the State Government for its investment in the health future of the region.
“This is the single largest government investment in the South West in many years
and supplements our Strategic Vision to deliver personalised, integrated care, with
added emphasis on telehealth and other virtual models of care such as Healthcare
Homes,’’ she said.
“These models of care will provide safe, effective and sustainable rural and remote
health services that people trust and value.
“This gives us the opportunity to lead in the way health education and clinical
services are delivered to people in the region and to support them before and after
they have been in hospital.’’
Ms Tully said she wanted to commend major contractor Watpac Construction for its
management of the project despite the challenges posed over the past few months
by the coronavirus pandemic.
“There have also been significant economic benefits for the Maranoa community
during construction and the new Roma Hospital will continue to make a significant
contribution to the economy of the whole South West region into the future,’’ she
said.
“As part of this process, I would also like to commend Watpac for its strong support
of local contractors and businesses in Roma.’’
Ms Tully said staff, consumers and South West communities were well-engaged
from the very start to ensure the new hospital provided the best possible physical
environment for health services well into the future.
“As well as boasting the very latest technology, the new hospital will bring together
all the health service-operated community services and providers of care into one
central location – a huge benefit to the communities in the South West,’’ she said.
The new Roma Hospital is part of the State Government’s $180 million Enhancing
Regional Hospitals program.
“These works are all part of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to
maintaining and improving health services in Queensland no matter where they live,”
Mr Miles said.
New Roma Hospital Fast Facts
 24 beds in total – comprising 18 single rooms, including palliative care and
mental health care, as well as two x two-bed patient rooms and two birth
suites, all with ensuites.
 The ground floor area will include a large shaded entrance, emergency
department, medical imaging department, rehabilitation gym, café, allied
health treatment areas, pharmacy and separate area for kitchen, laundry,
stores and maintenance services.
 Entrance on McDowall St.
 Inpatient unit and birth suites will open to an outdoor landscaped area.
 Perioperative suite including two operating theatres, as well as education
and training services and administration and staff facilities, will be on the
first floor.
 The new hospital has been designed to minimise energy usage and,
where possible, introduce renewable energy generation.
 Free parking for up to 220 vehicles, including a staff car park.
 There is also flexibility to add to the hospital in the future.
 The new hospital has been designed to minimise energy usage and,
where possible, introduce renewable energy generation.
 Separate accommodation for families with patients in hospital, pregnant
women waiting to birth, or people having to travel long distances for day
surgery, will be provided on site by the South West Hospital and Health
Service.
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