Representatives from the St Stephen's Hospital contruction team and management at the Nissen St site.
Representatives from the St Stephen's Hospital contruction team and management at the Nissen St site. Brittany Cook

Construction of 96-bed St Stephen's Hospital on track

AUSTRALIA'S first fully digitised hospital will be ready for action in Hervey Bay by this time next year.

The St Stephen's Hospital project in Pialba is on track to open in September, with the Federal Government's $47.1 million contribution helping to expand the current day surgery to a 96-bed inpatient facility.

"There will be practically no paper in the hospital," St Stephen's general manager Leanne Tones said.

"Mobile devices will be connected to the hospital's medical records and assist nurses and doctors to access important information from the bedside - without being based at a station.

"They will have direct lines of communication as well as being able to check patient allergies and medication dosages."

She said records would be updated immediately as part of routine daily checks - "for example, if they are taking a patient's blood pressure".

Ms Tones said the St Stephen's facility off Nissen St would be closed for two weeks, until October 5, while the Cockram Construction contractors connected the new building to the existing day hospital building.

Cockram Construction project manager Ian Coulburn said the contract to build the new private hospital was the company's first Hervey Bay project.

He said measures had to be taken at every stage to ensure the daily operation of the day clinic was not compromised.

Ms Tones said the Fraser Coast could look forward to 96 new beds for private patients.

"The public system is chockers - there's nowhere else in Australia with a population of 60,000 people that doesn't have a private hospital," Ms Tones said.

What's coming

  •  96-bed inpatient facility
  •  Five operating theatres
  •  Day oncology
  •  Renal dialysis services
  •  Hi-tech digital communications