Cockram Construction builders have handed over the key to St Stephen's Hospital management.
Cockram Construction builders have handed over the key to St Stephen's Hospital management. Robyne Cuerel

St Stephen's will admit first patients on October 13

STRUCTURAL work on St Stephen's Hospital in Hervey Bay's Medical Place is complete and the hospital will be ready to admit its first patients on October 13 after completing a few minor details.

Cockram Construction builders handed over the key to the hospital's general manager Deb Boyd on Friday.

The focus now moves to the hospital fit-out, training staff in cutting-edge ehealth systems and processes, and completing other final preparations.

Mrs Boyd said the key handover was an important milestone for the hospital.

"I am thrilled that we now have the keys to this amazing facility and would like to thank the skilled and professional team at Cockram Construction, as well as local builders, who have worked tirelessly to ensure the hospital was delivered on-time and on-budget," she said.

Mrs Boyd said in September, the public would be invited to view the facility before its opening date.

The hospital will be Australia's first fully-integrated digital hospital in a regional area.