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Article written by Taryn Paris at Urban Developer
The Queensland government will move ahead with plans to build four satellite hospitals in the south-east corner with four sites earmarked for development.
Parcels of land at Caboolture, Redlands, Pine Rivers and the Gold Coast have been earmarked for acquisition as the government seeks to relieve pressure on the healthcare system with first-of-its-kind health hubs.
The land includes a 1.3ha plot on Rowe Street at Caboolture, a 1.5ha site on Dohles Rocks Road at Kallangur, a 1.4ha property on Meissner Street in the Redlands, and a 1.4ha parcel of land on Boyd Street at Tugun on the Gold Coast.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the hubs could be operational 12 months after site acquisition and planning.
“Satellite hospitals will take pressure off our health system by easing the demand on major hospitals and also support hundreds of jobs for Queenslanders,” Palaszczuk said.
The designated sites are four of seven areas where satellite hospitals will be built under a $265-million commitment, according to Health minister Yvette D’Ath.
“The economic benefits will be significant with the satellite hospital program to support up to 773 local jobs as it’s rolled out,” she said.
“A business case for the whole Satellite Hospital Program is being prepared to identify which services will be offered at each location.”
D’Ath said the regions were experiencing strong population growth which had put increasing pressure on health resources.
“A range of services are being considered for these satellite hospitals, 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.