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8 December, 2021

Milestone for hospital redevelopment

A MAJOR milestone has been reached in the redevelopment of the Atherton Hospital, with the completion of the roof on the new four-storey Clinical Services Building.

Acting Director Nursing and Midwifery Leonie Jennings, FKG project Manager Kent Radnedge and Project Planning Lead Jillian Tanswell on the completed roof of the hospital.

Just in time for the oncoming wet season, the roof completion brings the $74.8 million project a step closer to completion.

Acting Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service executive director rural and remote Services Tracey Morgan said finishing roofs always signified a significant moment in any construction process. 

“Work began on the Clinical Service Building last November so it is exciting to see the roof completed. 

Now we can escape the rain and turn our focus to the internal fit-out,” Ms Morgan said. 

Acting Director of Nursing and Facility manager Leonie Jennings said the redevelopment would deliver modern health care facilities for the Tablelands community. 

“The Clinical Services building will feature a new emergency department, medical imaging, general ward, maternity ward and birthing service with private ensuite facilities, operating and endoscopy theatres and a sterilising unit,” Ms Jennings said. 

Aerial shot of the Atherton Hospital redevelopment.

As well as the new Clinical Services Building, the Community, Allied and Mental Health building and a new Engineering Services Building have been constructed as well as a new helipad, external roadworks and supporting infrastructure.

Director of Capital Infrastructure Allistair Hodge said the redevelopment was delivering more than a state-of-theart hospital to the Tablelands region. 

“This build has also been a welcome source of revenue for the community and has created around 220 full-time equivalent jobs,” said Mr Hodge. 

The Atherton Hospital redevelopment is expected to be completed by late-2022.

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