The new 2 billion dollar Sunshine Coast University Public Hospital has been underway since since December 2012 and developers aim to have the hospital completed and functioning this time next year.
The hospital will provide a new emergency department, comprehensive cancer centre – including radiotherapy and chemotherapy, specialised medical and surgical services – including neurosurgery, cardiac surgery, maxillofacial surgery, a trauma service and paediatrics, maternity service – including a special care nursery, rehabilitation service, mental health unit, renal service, interventional and diagnostic services, including a PET scanner for diagnosing certain types of cancer and a cardiac catheter laboratory. These services will mean around 10,000 patients each year will no longer have to travel to Brisbane centres for treatments. It will open with about 450 beds in 2016, growing to 738 beds by 2021.
The Sunshine Coast University Public Hospital will also have a skills, academic and research centre that will provide education and research facilities. This centre is a partnership between the Sunshine Coast Hospital & Health Service and tertiary education providers – The University of Sunshine Coast and Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE.
The Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital opened in December 2013 with 200 day and overnight beds -it is owned and operated by Ramsay Health Care. The Private Hospital which is situated next to the future Public University Hospital currently treats public patients, under contract to the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service, to aid in meeting demand whilst the Sunshine Coast University Public Hospital is being built.
The area dubbed The Sunshine Coasts new ‘Health Hub’ is set to provide some exciting new opportunities. Stay tuned for more information on ‘Oceanside’ – the area surrounding the Health Hub that is planned to be transformed into an estimated $5 billion world class destination.