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Cairns emergency department expansion ramps up

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Plans to upgrade Cairns Hospital's overworked emergency department will be fast tracked.

Construction on the $26.4 million Cairns Hospital ED expansion is due to commence as early as September.

It comes just a month after the hospital's third code yellow alert this year.

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath says the accelerated works schedule would deliver an expanded ED six months earlier than originally planned.

“We’re fast tracking our expansion of the Cairns Hospital ED to tackle the growing demand for local health services,” she says.

Member for Cairns Michael Healy says demand is driving the early work.

“I can’t wait to see works get underway to deliver an improved ED to cater to the ever-increasing demand for emergency care in Cairns.

“This ED expansion is about strengthening the local health network to respond to the future health needs of the community," he said.

The expansion will deliver more treatment and resuscitation bays, an additional procedure room to treat and discharge less-critical patients, six additional treatment spaces, a partial refurbishment of some existing clinical areas and refurbishment of the resuscitation area, waiting room and X-ray facilities.

The Emergency Department will remain operational throughout the upgrades.