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Community & Business

14 May, 2022

Cooktown hospital set for redevelopment

A FORUM held in Cooktown recently has outlined the proposed redevelopment of the town’s hospital and heard community feedback on the proposed works.


Executive Director of Allied Health Vivienne Sander, Executive Director of Asset Management Dean Davidson and Torres and Cape HHS Chief Executive Beverley Hamerton during the recent forum for the Cooktown Hospital redevelopment

outlined the proposed redevelopment of the town’s hospital and heard community feedback on the proposed works. 

The current hospital is more than 30 years old and services a growing region that includes nearby communities including Laura, Wujal Wujal and Hope Vale. 

The redevelopment has been marked as a priority project and is set to increase the hospital’s capacity and deliver improved services. The project involves increasing bed space from 16 beds to 24 plus two resuscitation bays and two short-stay beds in the emergency department, building space for a future CT scanner, two chairs recommended for oral health, one operating theatre and one procedure room. 

Cape HHS chief executive Beverley Hamerton said she was pleased with the community turnout to the recent forum. “Approximately 40 people attended to ask questions and share their views on the redevelopment. We received valuable feedback that will be used to inform our plans as the project progresses,” she said. 

This forum was not the only opportunity for the community to have their say. 

Anyone who has views on the redevelopment can email tchhs-projects-infrastructure@health.qld.gov.au to provide their feedback or receive more information on the project. 

The redevelopment is still in planning as the project awaits funding.

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