Professor Mark Radford in his speech on Opening Day of the Lady Bjelke-Petersen Community Hospital outlined a couple of key items during the opening on what this hospital can deliver.
“My vision for the future is that Kingaroy can be the centre for health care delivery in the region. We have both public and private/community hospital facilities. We have radiology services. We have dental and allied health services, and we have a good network of GP services.
We have the potential for effective and innovate public-private partnerships, where the focus is on delivering good and effective health care services that meet the needs of the local community.
There were a number of reasons why we (South Bank Day Hospital) decided to go ahead:
- First of all, it fits with our mission, which is to provide state of the art medical services – research, education and clinical care – to the people of Queensland;
- A belief in the need that regional and rural communities should have access to good health care, and not be penalised because of where they live;
- The very strong community support, including the generous support of Gina Rinehart;
- The existence of good infrastructure;
- The chance to do something innovative; and
- And the fact that Kingaroy is perfectly positioned to be a centre of health care in this part of Queensland – not just the South Burnett. We have a public hospital, we have a good group of GP and other health services… and now we have a community hospital.”
Having been operating for a couple of months now the Lady Bjelke-Petersen Community Hospital has already introduced the following services:
- Gastroenterology, and
- Intragam injections services.
The Hospital is working on reintroducing the following services in the near future:
- General surgery,
- Urology, and
Although officially opened as the Lady Bjelke-Petersen Community Hospital, the hospital will be affectionately referred to as the Lady Flo Hospital. All enquiries can be further made to directly to the Lady Flo Hospital on (07) 4162 1444.