Mar 2024

Ipswich Hospital Expansion Project Approaches Completion

Published in News on March 25, 2024

Stage 1 of the expansion is nearing its final stages, with the former mental health building demolished and detailed designs for Stage 2 currently in progress.

Early preparations for Stage 2 are scheduled to commence in April, paving the way for the primary construction phase later this year. Completion of the project is anticipated by late 2027.

This initiative is a key component of the Miles Labor Government's groundbreaking $14 billion Health Big Build, operating within Queensland's broader Big Build initiative.

The endeavor aims to provide new and expanded healthcare facilities to accommodate the needs of rapidly growing regions, enhancing capacity through expansions to 11 existing hospitals, construction of three new hospitals, establishment of seven satellite facilities, and creation of a dedicated cancer center.

Under the Health Big Build, Queensland is set to add over 3,300 hospital beds, including 199 in 2023 and 239 in 2024.

Premier Steven Miles remarked, "Our healthcare professionals play a crucial role in managing the influx of patients into our hospitals daily. Investing in the necessary infrastructure is vital to support their efforts."

He added, "As Ipswich's population continues to rise, so does the demand for healthcare services, making this expansion project essential."

Minister for Health, Mental Health, and Ambulance Services Shannon Fentiman stated, "The upcoming stages of expansion will bring an additional 200 beds, enhancing healthcare provision for West Moreton residents across various services."

Member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard expressed her delight, saying, "This is fantastic news for our Ipswich community. I am proud to be part of the Miles Labor Government and to deliver on the priorities of Ipswich residents."

Statements from Member for Bundamba, Lance McCallum:

"This upcoming facility will revolutionize healthcare delivery throughout our region.

"Our healthcare professionals consistently deliver exceptional service, and this new, purpose-built facility will enable them to continue providing world-class healthcare for generations to come."

Statements from Member for Jordan, Charis Mullen:

"With our region experiencing rapid growth, this announcement will undoubtedly be well-received by many in our community.

"Ensuring the health and well-being of Queenslanders remains a top priority, and this expansion reflects our commitment to that goal."

Statements from West Moreton Health Board Chair, Michael Willis:

"The West Moreton region is experiencing unparalleled growth, and it's imperative that we have accessible health services to meet this demand.

"In recent times, we've inaugurated new facilities such as the Ripley Satellite Hospital and the Mental Health Acute Inpatient Service. The Ipswich Hospital Stage 2 Expansion is another critical project in our efforts to meet the healthcare needs of our community.

"With Ipswich Hospital experiencing unprecedented demand, it's vital that we can address the growing healthcare requirements of the community.

"This expansion will not only meet short-term demands but also cater to the needs of future generations.

"We're excited about the growth of our health service, and I eagerly anticipate the progress of the expansion later this year."