Work starts on $2.8m Maleny hospital fitout

BEDS at Maleny Soldiers Memorial Hospital will be temporarily relocated to Nambour as part of a $2.8 million upgrade announced this week.
Minister for Health, Mental Health and Ambulance Services, Shannon Fentiman, announced on Monday that the refurbishment of the hospital will commence in late September.
The hospital is a 24-bed facility, and includes an emergency service, a fully functional sub-acute rehabilitation unit and community-based services.
A spokesperson for Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service said that during the refurbishment, 12 beds will be temporarily relocated to Nambour General Hospital to ensure patient comfort and safety.
The relocation of patient beds will begin at the end of October.
The Sunshine Coast Health Assets and Infrastructure team has been working with clinical teams to ensure the least possible impact to patients, and to allow the completion of the works as quickly as possible, the Minister said.
“We know that the Maleny region is growing, and these works will ensure the facility and its health care workers can continue to deliver the best health care possible,” Ms Fentiman said.
“These works form part of the largest infrastructure expansion program ever undertaken by a Queensland Government to deliver an investment in health for our communities.
“This $2.8 million investment will see a significant infrastructure uplift including internal and external works, a new mechanical plant, and a new roof.”
The emergency department and specialist outpatients will remain open for the duration of the works.
External construction works will begin in September, with internal works planned to start in November.