Atherton Hospital redevelopment reaches new heights

Atherton Hospital redevelopment reaches new heights

Published Thursday 2 December 2021

Project Planning Lead Jillian Tanswell, FKG Project Manager Kent Radnedge, A/Director of Nursing and Facility Manager Leonie Jennings.

L-R – Project Planning Lead Jillian Tanswell, FKG Project Manager Kent Radnedge, A/Director of Nursing and Facility Manager Leonie Jennings.

The Atherton Hospital redevelopment has marked a major milestone with completion of the roof on the new four-storey Clinical Services Building, bringing the $74.8 million project a step closer to completion.

Acting Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service Executive Director Rural and Remote Services Tracey Morgan said that finishing roofs always signifies a significant moment in any construction process and she is happy to see it completed before the wet season arrives.

Aerial view of Atherton Hospital's redevelopment. 'Work began on the Clinical Service Building last November so it is exciting to see the roof completed. Now we can escape the rain and turn our focus to the internal fit-out,' said Ms Morgan.

Acting Atherton Hospital acting Director of Nursing and Facility Manager, Leonie Jennings said the redevelopment will deliver modern health care facilities for the Tablelands community.

'The Clinical Services building will feature a new emergency department, medical imaging, general ward, maternity ward and birthing service with private ensuite facilities, operating and endoscopy theatres and a sterilising unit,' Ms Jennings said.

As well as the new Clinical Services Building, the Community, Allied and Mental Health building and a new Engineering Services Building have been constructed as well as a new helipad, external roadworks and supporting infrastructure.

Director of Capital Infrastructure Allistair Hodge says the redevelopment is delivering more than a state-of-the-art hospital to the Tablelands region.

'This build has also been a welcome source of revenue for the community and has created around 220 full-time equivalent jobs,' said Mr Hodge.

The Atherton Hospital redevelopment is expected to be completed by late-2022.

Last updated: December 2021