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Health Board Inspects Renovations

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Julie Kelly, Brad Crossingham and members of Darling Downs Health’s South Burnett Building Engineering and Maintenance (BEMS) cut the ribbon on new renovation works at Murgon Hospital (Photo: DDHHS)

May 28, 2019

Darling Downs Health Board members have inspected $135,000 worth of renovations recently completed at Murgon Hospital.

Board members visited the South Burnett on Tuesday for their monthly meeting and took advantage of the opportunity to inspect the refurbished Women’s Ward at the hospital.

Chairman Mike Horan said the extensive renovations were a great improvement for the local community.

“It is exciting for the hospital and local community to have a fully renovated women’s ward open for use,” Mr Horan said.

The 1o-week infrastructure project consisted of the total removal of asbestos sheeting, replacement of floor coverings, and the installation of a new electrical system,  fixtures and fittings.

Building, Engineering and Maintenance (BEMS) workshop manager Brad Crossingham said the major renovations also included the entire internal framing of the walls, the levelling of floors and the renovation of two bathrooms.

“The five-bed ward also received a new paint job and an upgraded hot water system,” Mr Crossingham said.

The majority of the renovations were completed by internal trade staff with some assistance from local contractors.

“It was a tremendous effort for majority of the project to be completed by our own BEMS staff,” Mr Horan said.

“Murgon Hospital staff and community members should be proud of the work they have done here.

“I’d also like to thank the Murgon Hospital auxiliary who donated the curtains to brighten up the ward.”

Mr Horan said every second Board meeting was held in a different rural location, which allowed members to meet staff members and community members.

“We are visiting the South Burnett region this week and it has been a great pleasure to acknowledge our long serving staff members with length-of-service awards presented at Murgon, Nanango, and Cherbourg Hospitals,” he said.

“It has been a privilege to meet the staff members who have worked in our health service for 10, 20, or 30 years plus.”

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