Discussions about St Stephen's M'boro site progressing

UNITINGCARE Health is still trying to determine what will happen with the old St Stephen's hospital, after it officially closed last October.

A UnitingCare Health spokesperson said discussions were under way with various parties, and progress was being made with regards to the site.

The results of the discussions will be communicated to the Maryborough residents as soon as possible, the spokesman said.

"We are aware of the importance of the former site of St Stephen's Hospital in Maryborough to the local community," he said.

"Even although the hospital has been relocated to Hervey Bay, the building in Maryborough still houses the radiology practice."

Maryborough resident Nan Ott who last August petitioned for the relevant authorities to have the old St Stephen's hospital turned into a day surgery is still hoping "the right thing" will be done.

"We (Maryborough residents) handed over our petition to UnitingCare Health in Brisbane end of last year to ask them to consider keeping it open or at the very least give us a day surgery, but it fell on deaf ears as we never heard from them back," she said.

Twelve thousand people signed the petition.

The UnitingCare Health spokesman said the petition by Maryborough residents was presented to their local state member and to UnitingCare Queensland's chief executive officer Anne Cross.

"We acknowledged the number of signatories represented the extent and depth of concern in the community to the future of the site and this has been important in informing our discussions with interested parties," he said.