IMPROVEMENTS: Ipswich Hospital is committed to improving its facilities in the coming years.
IMPROVEMENTS: Ipswich Hospital is committed to improving its facilities in the coming years. Kate Czerny

West Moreton Hospital cops $1.7m loss to improve care

THE West Moreton Hospital and Health Service registered a $1.746 million loss last financial year after it committed to a series of new projects to improve patient outcomes.

Its total operating budget for the 2014-15 financial year was more than $452.4m - a $4.8m increase on the previous year.

The organisation's annual report showed 50,708 patients were admitted to one of 10 facilities located across the region last year.

It had 73,079 patients present to emergency departments and conducted 138,089 outpatients' appointments.

It also completed 5523 elective surgeries and 1746 emergency surgeries during the reporting period.

WMHHS chief executive Sue McKee said had the service not committed to the improving patient outcomes it would have posted an $8.8m profit.


She said the increased services included opening a seventh operating theatre and increased oncology services.

"We have had an extremely busy first quarter to the new financial year - the flu season hit us pretty hard," she said.

"That affects all services and our workload is up about 25% compared to last year.

"Our biggest challenge this year is sustaining the workload to give our patients the best possible care."

The report showed there were 2765 babies born and 11,203 breast screens conducted at the health facilities in the region.

There were 550,611 meals cooked at Ipswich, Laidley, Gatton, Esk and Boonah Hospitals during the same time.

The service employed 294 full-time doctors and 1288 nurses and three employees received voluntary redundancy packages at a cost of $380,251.


  • Elective surgeries performed: 5523
  • Emergency surgeries performed: 1746
  • Number of patients admitted: 50,708
  • Emergency department presentations: 73,079
  • Babies born: 2765
  • Adult dental treatments: 58,237
  • Child dental treatments: 62,214
  • Breast screenings: 11,203