A Friendly boost for Bundaberg’s health services

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A new medical facility at the Friendly Society Private Hospital is expected to breathe new life into health services in Queensland’s Bundaberg region.

The hospital announced last week that the Friendlies Medical Suites had been completed.

It is hoped that the $8 million facility, which includes 30 medical suites, will attract specialist doctors to the region.

Friendly Society Private Hospital chief executive officer Alan Cooper said he hopes the facility will also stop the region’s current medical professionals from going elsewhere.

“These suites give specialists another reason to base themselves in Bundaberg, utilise the expanding facilities of the hospital and provide quality services to the people of the Bundaberg region,” Mr Cooper said.

“We are committed at the Friendly Society Private Hospital to provide a leading regional facility with state-of-the-art services and to do that we need to have the support of leading specialists.”

The response from the region’s medical specialists has been positive so far.

Mr Cooper said around 50 per cent of the suites had either been sold or retained for use by the hospital.

“We have had interest from a range of different medical professionals which will only further enhance the health care options available to people locally.”

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