CLOSE TO HOME: Chemotherapy will be available at the new Kingaroy Hospital.
CLOSE TO HOME: Chemotherapy will be available at the new Kingaroy Hospital. Matt Rourke

New hospital a win for cancer patients

FOR chemotherapy treatment Rowena Dionysius was required to travel to Brisbane's Mater Hospital every two weeks over a six month period.

As well as enduring the physical toll of chemotherapy, undergoing the treatment without her South Burnett support network was an isolating experience for the mother of young children.

"It was awful, no doubt about it, the minute something is wrong the first people you want there is your family," she said.

"If you have a reaction and get crook you don't have people you can call on straight away and if you are in hospital they can't visit."

With the redevelopment of the Kingaroy Hospital cancer patients will have access to chemotherapy in the South Burnett from 2021 with the hospital to have chemotherapy chairs for the first time.

"It will be amazing for people to be able to do it in their own town and it will give us the opportunity to support people with cancer," Mrs Dionysius.

"You can't put a price on being in your own environment and close to your support network."

The chemotherapy chairs will be among 20 new beds and chairs at the hospital.

Darling Downs Health director for projects, property and planning, Phil Gregory, said the hospital has been designed to allow for future growth.

"The new Kingaroy Hospital will be a building that the South Burnett community can be proud of," he said.

"The hospital will be modern, state-of-the art, energy efficient and architecturally designed with patients, staff and visitors in mind."

The new hospital will also have two large birthing suites in the women's and children's ward with space for birthing baths which have not been previously available at Kingaroy Hospital.

Construction will start in mid-2019 after early works on the site, which involved excavation of the building pad, underground infrastructure works and construction of energy infrastructure buildings, have been completed in preparation for construction to begin in.

The hospital is on track to be finished in 2021.

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