The site for a new satellite hospital coming to the southern Gold Coast has been revealed.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has confirmed the yet-to-be constructed health hub will be built on a parcel of land on Boyd Street in Tugun.
It’s one of four new satellite hospitals being built in the South East in a bid to take the pressure off over-crowded emergency departments.
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Ms Palaszczuk said the hubs will “ease the demand on major hospitals and also support hundreds of jobs for Queenslanders”.
“Caboolture, Redlands, Pine Rivers and the Gold Coast are among seven areas where satellite hospitals are being built,” the Premier said.
“This is the first time this has been done in Australia, and it will bring new and improved health services to the heart of growing local communities.
“The Gold Coast is one of the fastest growing regions in Queensland, and the new satellite hospital will help meet the needs of that increasing population.”
While the sites for the hospitals have been locked in, mystery still surrounds what services they will offer.
“A range of services are being considered for these satellite hospitals,” Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said.
“Including community health services, ambulatory and low acuity day therapy services such as renal dialysis, chemotherapy, complex wound management, urgent care for minor injury and illness, and outpatient activities”.
A business case for the whole Satellite Hospital Program is still underway, with the services that will be offered at each location still yet to be confirmed.
According to the State Government, construction is expected to take around 12 months following completion of the business case and acquisition of land.