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Rockhampton Hospital Receives Helipad

By David Bell

Rockhampton's Hospital is set to receive a $5 million helipad which will help the critically injured get faster access to treatment.

Currently, helicopters land in the airport and injured patients must be transported a further two kilometers to the emergency department.

The new rooftop helipad, announced by Minister for Health Lawrence Springborg, will mean patients can be transferred directly to hospital, saving critical time.

It will be built on top of the $160 million Ward Block development, which is not far off being completed.

"This important project is a direct result of devolved local control of our health network, as implemented by the Newman government," said Mr Springborg.

Other developments include a new Intensive Care Unit (ICU) which will have capacity for 16 beds. This will give peace of mind to those who reside in real estate in Rockhampton, as it will mean medical services are nearby.

The new ICU will cost $12 million and in conjunction with the other projects planned for the region, will improve health services in the area.

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