Darling Downs Health Executive Director Rural Joanne Shaw with Robert Knock, the first patient in the new Kingaroy Hospital (Photo: Darling Downs Health)

December 8, 2020

The first patients have been treated – and the first baby born – in Kingaroy’s new $92.5 million hospital.

Darling Downs Health said the first patient to be treated was Robert Knock, pictured at right.

And the first baby starred in a social media post by Darling Downs Health at the weekend (see below).

Services began moving into the hospital on December 1 after the final fitout of Stage 1 of the complex was completed.

Inpatient services began on December 2.

The first stage includes the expanded Emergency Department on the ground floor.

Other services on this level are x-ray, pathology and the pharmacy.

The first floor contains the patient wards (medical, surgical and paediatric), maternity and birthing suites, operating theatres and day surgery.

Specialist outpatients, cardiac rehabilitation and patient travel will be located in the Annexe building, near the public car park and Allied Health building.

The Renal Unit, Oral Health and Community Health services are operating in their current locations.

Construction of Stage 2 – which includes demolition of the old hospital building – will start in the New Year and will include an expanded Renal Unit and a specialist outpatient service.

Stage 2 is expected to be finished by the end of 2021.

❤️ Our baby darlings today are quite special! Pictured below to the right is our last baby darling born at Kingaroy…

Posted by Darling Downs Health on Sunday, 6 December 2020

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