PROGRESS:  Chris Richardson,  Tim Wratten, Linda Patat, Jim McGowan, James Bowman and Brett Rosenthal at the new Roma Hospital community meeting.
PROGRESS: Chris Richardson, Tim Wratten, Linda Patat, Jim McGowan, James Bowman and Brett Rosenthal at the new Roma Hospital community meeting. Molly Hancock

Growth on the cards

THE new $74 million Roma Hospital is one step closer to construction.

On Tuesday evening a community information session was held at the Maranoa Cultural Centre to inform residents of the latest design plans and estimated timeline for construction.

Present at the meeting was the Roma Hospital project team as well as Watpac Construction Pty Ltd.

Health Service chief executive Southwest Hospital and Health Service Linda Patat said the aim of the meeting was to bring the construction team and project team together to chat to the community.

"We talked about what the building itself will look like, what services will be available and a basic timeline of the construction.

"We have been in a long period of planning and now we have machinery on-site and things are kicking off and we thought this is the time people are really getting interested,” Ms Patat said.

"This was also a time to get to know the local community.

"We have done some letterbox drops for local residents so they know we are here and they can come and talk to us whenever they need .”

Ms Patat said the new hospital was a "very exciting development and the biggest development for the region in 30 years”.

The purpose-built hospital will ensure people in the Maranoa and surrounding regions have access to care quickly, with the best service and technology.


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