WARWICK Hospital will soon welcome four new doctors, in what could be the start of many changes to the busy facility.
Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service board chairman Mike Horan made the announcement of the new recruits when board members met with staff and community members in Warwick this week.
Mr Horan said the decision to recruit four new house officer positions, two of which would be fourth-year graduates, was exciting news for the region.
"The board believes this will add greatly to the clinical numbers and the expertise at the hospital," he said.
"Often new doctors means there will be a need for supplementary staff but you have to start somewhere."
Mr Horan told the Daily News hospital admissions and presentations were on the rise and the resources would help combat that.
"The front door is the emergency department of the Warwick Hospital so we have identified that as the most important area to address," he said.
Refurbishing a large part of the hospital could be on the cards but Mr Horan said extensive research would have to be collected before a decision was made.
"The maternity and birthing areas, theatre and emergency departments are all areas we want to address by having a proper study done by architects and engineers," he said.
Mr Horan said the staff boosts and potential refurbishments were the latest in achievements for the board, which was assembled back in 2012.
Since then the board has boasted returning a significant surplus, which has allowed for such things as an upgrade of the Stanthorpe Hospital maternity unity and a $5000 donation to each hospital ward in the board's region.
Mr Horan added that he and his fellow board members were looking forward to making even more improvements to the region's health facilities and services.
"It is so rewarding to be able to put the surpluses back into the hospitals and we feel it has been great for the staff to see it coming back," he said.
"We are all so passionate about our areas and it has meant a lot to us to get this right," he said.
"Although it isn't an endless barrel of money, the staff are wonderful at making it efficient."
Recruitment for the new doctors is underway and it is expected the new staff members will join the hospital in the new year.
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