A PROPOSAL for a private mental health care hospital in South Toowoomba has been approved by Toowoomba Regional Council, more than doubling the size of the original plan.
Originally approved for a 16-bed mental health hospital in August last year, proponent Heal All Pty Ltd made a new application earlier this year for a 39-bed, two-stage development.
Designed to offer complementary mental health services for Toowoomba Hospital, the Pechey Street development was approved by council last week.
The two-storey facility will provide in-patient accommodation on the first level and an out-patient section on the ground level, which will include consultation rooms for mental health care medical practitioners.
The proponent said the proposal catered for an immediate need for additional private hospital mental health care services for the Toowoomba Region and to accommodate those patients currently having to travel to Brisbane and other south-east Queensland centres for similar facilities.
The first stage of the development involves construction of the ground floor component of the building including a reception, offices, amenities, consultation rooms, nurses' rooms, staff room, patients' gym and activity rooms, kitchen and in-patient dining areas.
Stage 1 also includes construction of part of the hospital's Ward 1, which will include 23 single hospital bedrooms, two twin hospital bedrooms, the nurse unit manager's office, nurses' station, staff room, group room, multi-use rooms, utilities rooms and amenities.
Stage 2 of the development will involve the construction of Ward 2 at the first floor level which comprises the western wing of the building.
Ward 2 will include an additional 14 single hospital bedrooms, a second nurse's station, staff room and utility room.
Last year, architect Patrick Pace said the originally-approved hospital would feature innovative design features to help anxious patients relax.
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