OUTPATIENT: Fiona King and her daughter Leticia, 9, at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital for treatment of Leticia's broken wrist.
OUTPATIENT: Fiona King and her daughter Leticia, 9, at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital for treatment of Leticia's broken wrist. Patrick Woods

1400 patients already treated at new Coast hospital

MORE than 1400 outpatients were seen in the first four days of Sunshine Coast University Hospital's Ambulatory Care Centre, Adem Crosby Centre and Renal Department opening last week.

After more than four years of construction and commissioning, the $1.8 billion facility welcomed its first outpatients last Tuesday,. A total of 1462 people were seen last week.

Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service chief executive Kevin Hegarty said the admission of patients to the hospital was a significant moment in the development of health services for SCHHS communities.


"It's also a very proud moment for all the staff who have been involved in the design of the hospital and all the staff who will be delivering the high quality care in the facility," he said.

"The pride and commitment to patient care at SCUH is also of course the same consistently demonstrated by staff across the SCHHS-at Nambour General Hospital, Gympie Hospital, Caloundra Health Service and Maleny Soldiers Memorial Hospital as well as aged care and community services."

The news comes as the health service prepares for other major milestones this week.

Tomorrow - first inpatients at Sunshine Coast University Hospital

Inpatients will be admitted to Sunshine Coast University Hospital at Birtinya from tomorrow.

Specialties and departments available from that date will include general medicine, coronary care including cardiac investigations and cardiac catheterisation, interventional radiology, intensive care, neonatal care, paediatric and geriatric services, and rehabilitation.

Tomorrow - new Emergency Department opens

Tomorrow also marks the opening of Sunshine Coast University Hospital 's Emergency Department, from 7am.

From this point onwards, SCUH will be the local ED for Caloundra residents, as the ED at Caloundra Health Service is moving to SCUH, just 8km away.

There are also emergency departments at Nambour General Hospital, Gympie Hospital and Maleny Soldiers Memorial Hospital.

A Minor injury and Illness Clinic will operate at Caloundra Health Service between 9am and 9pm seven days a week.

Wednesday- maternity services begin at new hospital

Maternity services will begin at Sunshine Coast University Hospital from 7am on Wednesday.

Birthing services are being transferred from Nambour General Hospital to the new facility to create one service.

Antenatal and postnatal outpatient appointments will be available at Nambour as well as the new hospital at Birtinya.

This includes an extended midwifery service, where women are cared for and supported at home after birthing.

April 4 - elective surgery begins at new hospital

Elective surgery is scheduled to commence at Sunshine Coast University Hospital from next Tuesday, April 4.

Services available to patients at SCUH will include:

  • Emergency Department
  • Comprehensive cancer services, including on-site radiotherapy
  • Specialised medical and surgical services, including a major trauma service and paediatrics
  • Maternity service, including neonatal care for premature babies to a level not currently available in the region
  • Acute rehabilitation service
  • Mental health inpatient service, including the Coast's first inpatient child and adolescent capacity
  • Renal services (including kidney dialysis)
  • Interventional and diagnostic clinical support services, including a PET scanner for diagnosing certain types of cancer and cardiac catheterisation laboratories
  • Ambulatory care (outpatient) services
  • Allied health services, such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy.

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