29 October 2020
The new $116 million Roma Hospital began delivering the first services to the public this week.
South West Hospital and Health Board Chair Karen Tully said staff and services had been relocating
progressively to the new hospital since construction work was completed at the end of July.
“I am happy to say the new Roma Hospital is now open and delivering services,’’ she said.
“This is a historic moment for the South West and I would like to thank Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
and the Queensland Government for making this new hospital a reality for all our communities.
“This new, modern facility boasts the very latest technology and reflects the very latest advances in
“It also brings all our health services in Roma – acute care, community and allied health – under one
single roof, so our staff and clients no longer have to go to other buildings.’’
Ms Tully said the South West HHS had undertaken extensive and detailed community consultation
throughout the planning and construction period to ensure the new hospital met the needs of the Roma,
Maranoa and South West communities now and into the future.
The new three-level Roma Hospital building delivers 22 beds and two birth suites, with departments
including 24-hour emergency, ambulatory care, medical imaging, operating theatres and central
Additional facilities include pathology, pharmacy, reception areas, administration areas, simulation and
training room, laundry, kitchen, and café.
“We also have the capacity to provide an area for mourning for our First Nations communities – one of
the first in Queensland,’’ Ms Tully said.
She said the construction of the new hospital had delivered significant economic benefits for the
Maranoa community during construction and would continue to make a significant contribution to the
economy of the whole South West region into the future.
With the new hospital open and delivering services to the community, work is scheduled to start in mid-
November on the demolition of the old hospital, with completion expected by March next year.
Ms Tully said the demolition of the old hospital would provide additional space for onsite carparking.
“The old Roma Hospital has served the community well for many years since the original section was
completed in 1940 and added to in a major redevelopment in 1987,’’ she said.
“But I think all Roma and South West residents would agree that the replacement hospital is a state-ofthe-
art facility that will serve the community even better in the future.’’
New Roma Hospital Fast Facts
24 beds in total – comprising 18 single rooms, including palliative care and mental health care, as
well as two by two-bed patient rooms and two birth suites, all with ensuites.
The ground floor area includes a 24-hour 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 onto 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
Free parking, including a staff car park.
29 October 2020