LOOKING AHEAD: Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service chair of the board of directors, Peta Jamieson, Bundaberg Hospital Redevelopment executive director Debbie Carrol, Gayndah Hospital director of nursing Sue Coward, and Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service acting CEO Robyn Bradley pose for a photo outside Gayndah Town Hall.
LOOKING AHEAD: Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service chair of the board of directors, Peta Jamieson, Bundaberg Hospital Redevelopment executive director Debbie Carrol, Gayndah Hospital director of nursing Sue Coward, and Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service acting CEO Robyn Bradley pose for a photo outside Gayndah Town Hall. Jake Finnigan

New Bundy hospital to benefit people in the North Burnett

A NEW hospital in Bundaberg will lead to better services for patients and increased career opportunities closer to home for North Burnett's young people.

This was the message shared at a public information session in Gayndah Town Hall today about the new hospital planned for Bundaberg.

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service chair of the board Peta Jamieson said the redevelopment of the Bundaberg Hospital would increase access to services locally, and reduce the travel burden on patients from the region.

"With the new hospital in Bundaberg on a new site, we will be able to continue on the journey of having additional services being delivered locally, which means members from our North Burnett community don't have to be travelling outside of the region to have access to those services, and that's a huge plus,” Ms Jamieson said.

She said the new health precinct would make a range of services available.

"A few examples of new services will be respiratory services, urology, and neurology, and they're a few of the ones definitely on the list that we will look at and continue to repatriate back into the region, but there will be other ones too,” she said.

She said the redevelopment would also lead to greater career opportunities for young people in the North Burnett, in health and other fields.

"In terms of the establishment of our new medical program, we will be ensuring that by 2021/22 that we start to see our Year 12 students have opportunities to go through and do a medical degree,” she said.

"But that's not the only area there'll be opportunities, there'll be opportunities across the whole spectrum of courses and careers available for our Year 12s.”