ANNASTACIA Palaszczuk has announced her government would invest $265 million to deliver seven new ‘satellite hospitals’ in Queensland, including one here on the Gold Coast, if elected at the end of the month.
The Premier said the Australian first initiative would allow people to access urgent public care close to home rather than having to go to a large major hospital.
“This will be a game-changer for the way in which we deliver healthcare to communities,” Ms Palaszczuk said on Monday.
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“People can get their healthcare closer to where they live, closer to their community.”
Redlands, Brisbane Southside, Pine Rivers Ipswich, Caboolture and Bribie Island would also get facilities.
Ms Palaszczuk said the COVID crisis has shown how vital quality frontline healthcare is in Queensland.
“These seven new innovative Satellite Hospitals will provide healthcare closer to home while also taking pressure off our hospital emergency departments,” the Premier said.
Labor said each Satellite Hospital would be tailored to the needs of each local community, delivering ambulatory and simple day therapy services such as renal dialysis, chemotherapy, complex wound management, and urgent care for minor injury and illness.
“They can also include outpatient services and community-based health services such as child and youth health services and aged and frail care services,” the Premier said.
The exact location of the Gold Coast facility will be decided following extensive community consultation.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles said the move would ease pressure on Queensland Ambulance. particularly in more remote areas.
“When an ambo picks someone up here at Bribie and has to take them to Caboolture and back that can be a two-hour round trip at peak travel times,” Minister Miles stold reporters.
“That’s a fair chunk of their shift.
“That’s time that they aren’t spending out there in the community saving other lives.
The investment is expected to help deliver 768 jobs during construction.