Kingaroy Hospital Infrastructure Upgrade, Kingaroy, Queensland
Queensland’s South Burnett region, located at the peak of Australia’s Great Dividing Range, north-west of Brisbane, directly west of the Sunshine Coast, is expected to deliver improved healthcare for its residents with the opening of the upgraded Kingaroy Hospital in 2021. The original Kingaroy General Hospital has served the community soundly since it opened 80 years ago, however the original facility is now incompatible with the contemporary models of care. And a growing and ageing population throughout the region, combined with other factors, has increased the requirements for improved health services.
Conrad Gargett was appointed to design and deliver the new modern facility, which comprises health planning, architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture. This process is being undertaken in consultation and collaboration with Queensland Health, Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service, health service plan by CBRE and project stakeholders. Considerable stakeholder engagement, consultation and advice with council, emergency services, community groups, patients and the clinical team has informed the design.
The design of the redeveloped Kingaroy Hospital delivers a state-of-the-art best practice environment to care and serve the South Burnett community into the future. The redevelopment supports a more efficient health service delivery, with improved facilities for trauma, paediatric, obstetric, rehabilitation and mental health services. This is a challenging redevelopment due to constraints of building the new Clinical Services Building around the existing hospital footprint, however the resultant forecourt that will be created will become a heart for Kingaroy Hospital.
Key design features include the extension and upgrade to the Emergency Department, redevelopment of perioperative areas, dedicated facilities including a Day of Surgery Admission (DOSA) unit, maternity services upgrade, inpatient and outpatient facilities including specialist consultation rooms, dialysis and new day infusion services, and a Medical Imaging (MI) department. The redevelopment involves the retention of an existing building for adaptive re-use, the demolition of the original main clinical building and the construction of a new Clinical Services Building. A clear sense of transition from surrounds to the grounds and buildings will be delivered. The upgrade is being delivered whilst the existing operational hospital continues to serve the community.
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