Residents in the Sunshine Coast will have access to a new emergency department (ED) in early 2018.
The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital General Manager, Wallis Westbrook said the ED will address an unmet community need.
“Over the years we have received countless requests both from patients and doctors for the hospital to establish an emergency department.
“We see this as a major step forward for local people as they will have the option to easily access a new specialist health service close to where they work and live,” Mr Westbrook said.
The $4 million ED will be designed with patient privacy and comfort as a guiding principle, ensuring waiting times are kept to a minimum.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said the proposed ED would add value to existing high quality health services available in the region and be a welcome additional service for the community.
“The expansion of services at The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital, will create at least 20 new jobs in a variety of clinical and non-clinical roles,…I congratulate UnitingCare Health and the hospital management on their foresight by providing this service,” said Mayor Jamieson.
The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital is part of UnitingCare Health, which also operates private emergency departments at two of its other hospitals.
Mr Westbrook says this shared experience will help deliver a best-practice ED for the Sunshine Coast community.
“The next step for the ED is to engage high-quality emergency specialists and establish project management and advisory teams.
“This expert team will ensure our ED is operational in early 2018 and the quality and compassionate care is maintained,” said Mr Westbrook.