THE Queensland Government has confirmed a funding allocation of more than $12.5 million to introduce a new health precinct in Southport.
Gold Coast Health Board Chair Ian Langdon said the capital funding would be used to refurbish the former Griffith University Medical and Oral Health School located next to the old Gold Coast Hospital site.
“The Southport Health Precinct will be established to provide the community with a “one stop” centre for a range of health and community service in the heart of Southport,” he said.
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The renovation will commence immediately and is due for completion early next year, with building firm Quadric Pty Ltd last week awarded the tender to complete the first two stages of refurbishment.
“By early 2015, the Precinct will be the new home for a range of services currently dispersed across the Coast,” Mr Langdon said.
“The Southport Health Precinct improves community access and service coordination in the same way the Robina Health Precinct has supported the southern end of the Gold Coast.”
Patient-based services in the facility will include Oral Health, Renal Dialysis, Children’s Health, Child Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Services, Sexual Health and Transition Care.
Administrative and health functions including Public Health services will also relocate to the site.
The public health services will complement existing private health services and support businesses in the vicinity affected by the relocation of the old Gold Coast Hospital and Griffith facility.
Mr Langdon welcomed the funding to better integrate health services for the wider community.
“Providing the community with better access to health services is a key objective of our strategic plan,” he said.
“It also makes sense. Wherever possible, the community should access the right services at the right time closer to home.”
The Southport Health Precinct will be conveniently located close to public transport including bus stations and the Gold Coast Light Rail route. A G:Link station is located less than 500m from the Precinct entrance to improve access for those using the services.