Gympie Hospital.
Gympie Hospital. Josh Preston

BUDGET: $1.8 million promised to Gympie Hospital upgrades

THE State Government has announced more than $1.8 million of this year's budget will go directly towards upgrades at Gympie Hospital.

$1.3 million has been committed to upgrade the hospital's kitchen, with a further $502,634 committed to redesign and configure its loading dock and associated ramps.

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An official statement said the government had pledged a record $1.2 billion to invest in healthcare on the Sunshine Coast, which includes Gympie.

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles said the budget would see more than 2630 more staff across Queensland.

Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service's 2019-2020 budget includes:

. $86.2 million to meet the functional requirements of the Nambour Hospital in its new role as a sub-acute facility and ensure it can respond to local health needs both now and into the future.

. $32.2 million to expand existing IT services as well as to develop new IT services to support the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

. $1.3 million to upgrade the Gympie Hospital's existing kitchen to ensure it can meet service requirements.

. $502,634 to redesign and configure the loading dock and associated ramps at Gympie Hospital