$4m emergency care first for Sunshine Coast

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The Sunshine Coast's first private emergency centre has opened at Buderim Private Hospital, giving the local community access to specialist medical care 24 hours a day, seven days a week – including people without health insurance.

The $4 million state-of-the-art facility has nine patient bays, including a dedicated resuscitation space, and will be staffed by a total of around 50 doctors, nurses and administrative employees, with the promise of minimal waiting times.

“We anticipate the emergency centre will be well supported by our community, who will value the greater choice of emergency care and our dedication to providing fast, quality care from the heart,” Buderim Private general manager Wallis Westbrook said.

The new centre is a joint venture with independent medical specialist emergency group Care 24/7.

“We have been working closely with GPs, the Queensland Ambulance Service and other key community members to ensure readiness for the new emergency centre,” Care 24/7 director Dr Sharad Pandit said.

The hospital, which opened in 1980, is a not-for-profit organisation owned by UnitingCare Queensland.

“We are dedicated to delivering professional, compassionate, values-based care to improve the health and wellbeing of people living on the Sunshine Coast,” UnitingCare Queensland CEO Craig Barke said. “The new emergency centre builds on the hospital’s long legacy of providing high-quality care to those that need it the most.”

For more information, visit the Buderim Private Hospital website.

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