The $124 million upgrade of the Ipswich Hospital has been given the green light today with works to begin in 2020.
The massive redevelopment will include a 50-bed mental health facility, an MRI machine and a new car park.
The Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Ipswich MP Jennifer Howard and Health Minister Steven Miles made the announcement this morning:
“Today we announce the commencement of the first stage of the Ipswich Hospital of the redevelopment.
Nearly $125 million being invested here.. this is the kind of investment that the Palaszczuk state government prioritises more and better health services”.
(Photo: Artist impression of the $124 million upgrade of Ipswich Hospital.)
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72 new nurses arrive at Ipswich Hospital
The first of the new recruits arrived in January, with more starting in February, and then later in April.
The cohort includes 43 nurses and eight midwives at Ipswich Hospital.
Five nurses are heading to the rural hospitals, 12 nurses will move into Mental Health and Specialised Services and four nurses to Prison Health Services.
In total, 72 new recruits have joined the West Moreton Hospital and Health Service team.
Nursing graduate Jodie Bell said she was excited about the opportunity to make a difference in the community that she lived and worked in after being accepted to work in the Children’s Sunshine Ward.
Ms Bell has almost eight years’ experience working as an Enrolled Nurse (EN) and said she discovered her passion for pediatric care during a placement at West Moreton.
“I absolutely fell in love with pediatrics,” Ms Bell said.
“I never thought I’d be a pediatric nurse but I think the experience of being a mum to three, including a little one with health issues, opened my eyes up to the field, and the amazing difference that nurses can make.
“The reason I chose to work at West Moreton is because our community deserves the best possible care and we’re doing that here.
“I want to make a difference to the lives of everyone who comes here and set myself up for a long-term career here at West Moreton,” Ms Bell said.
Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery Dr Robyn Henderson welcomed the newest team members to the West Moreton family.
“I’d like to congratulate each of the new graduates on their appointment, but importantly, I want to welcome them to the West Moreton family,” Dr Henderson said.
“At West Moreton Health we work hard to provide a graduate program that equally challenges, inspires and informs new nurses and midwives. We also provide a workplace where graduates will find support and guidance from their colleagues.”
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