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Stage two of $70M Atherton Hospital Redevelopment underway

Works are underway to redevelop the Atherton Hospital, a major primary health facility for the Tablelands region in Far North Queensland. 

Works are underway to redevelop the Atherton Hospital, a major primary health facility for the Tablelands region in Far North Queensland. 

Part of the Advancing Queensland’s Health Infrastructure Program (AQHIP), the $70 million redevelopment of the Atherton Hospital aims to provide contemporary healthcare to more than 45,000 residents across the southern Atherton Tablelands and areas to the west.

Principal contractor, FK Gardner, has worked closely with quantity surveying and construction consultancy WT to deliver one of the largest construction projects in the region.

Stage one of the redevelopment was completed in September 2020, delivering a new Community, Allied and Mental Health Building on Jack Street.

The facility centralises services that were previously scattered around the campus into one location and features dedicated video conferencing rooms to enable telehealth appointments for remote patients.

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A new helipad has also been constructed at the hospital, which will greatly improve safe helicopter access for emergency retrievals.

The next stage of the Atherton Health Redevelopment will deliver a new Clinical Services Building, with the old Primary Health Centre recently removed from the site. The building will provide a new emergency department, medical imaging, inpatient, maternity and birthing service, operating and endoscopy theatres and a sterilising unit.

WT Associate Director Shaun Muddock said the company was pleased to help deliver the

refurbishment of the Atherton Hospital, which is a central pillar of the local community in the Tablelands area.

Key outcomes from the investment will include welcoming and spacious waiting areas with family-friendly zones to better cater for visitors, triage areas in the Emergency Department and 12 new single ensuited rooms, upgrading facilities across the hospital.

WT Senior Quantity Surveyor Julie McClelland said the project will renew the current ageing hospital buildings, replacing them with state-of-the-art facilities that feature modern amenities and contemporary spaces.

The works also aim to improve connectivity across the hospital, with a new main hospital entrance on Louise Street providing safe patient drop-off and pick-up zones, and separate ambulance access points allowing for greater patient privacy.

The Atherton Health Redevelopment is expected to be complete in late 2022, with the development fully operational in 2023.

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