How the new Sunshine Coast Hospital looks now.
How the new Sunshine Coast Hospital looks now.

What's been going on behind new hospital's closed doors in 2016

THIS was meant to be the year the Sunshine Coast's long awaited, $1.8 billion hospital finally opened its doors.

The construction of Sunshine Coast University Public Hospital was planned to be completed in August 2016, with the hospital opening forecast for November with 450 beds growing to 738 beds by 2021.

But as early as February concerns started to mount the much-needed facility in Birtinya would not be delivered on schedule.

Are you looking forward to the opening of the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital?

This poll ended on 10 January 2017.

Current Results

Yes, it's going to be fantastic for health care and the local economy

88%

No, what we have now does the job well enough

4%

I think there are other local projects that should have been funded first

7%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

In March, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service CEO Kevin Hegarty confirmed the fears.

He announced the opening of the facility, promised by the Labor Government in 2005, would now open in April 2017.

This was to prevent any of commissioning problems experienced at other major hospitals such as Lady Cilento Children's and Fiona Stanley hospitals were not repeated.

 

The Daily was allowed a first sneak-peak inside the mammoth facility on March 22.

And there was no doubt it was an impressive facility that was going to make going to hospital a more pleasant experience.

When opened, it will incorporate technology never before used in Queensland in the shape of little machines that look like robots to take away the "grunt work" from hospital staff.

The Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) have been used in Western Australia, but will be rolled out for the first time in Queensland when the new hospital opens its doors in April 2017

The change patients will love most is the private room ratio.

Where having a single room is a luxury normally confined to private patients, 75% of the patient rooms at SCUH will be single with an ensuite.

Acting Chief Executive, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service Please Scott Lisle provided further background as to what has been going on behind the scenes while we wait for the hospital to open its doors.

Mr Lisle said the service was "determined our patients will receive the specialist care they need locally as we continue to deliver exceptional care to our communities".

 

Alex Easton

Mr Lisle said when the hospital opened, about 3000 staff would be based as the site.

"As well as new recruits, the team will comprise existing staff from Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service, including those recently recruited as services have grown as part of the planned expansion of Nambour General Hospital as a staging post ahead of SCUH opening," he said.

With construction now complete, the health service was focused on "turning the building into a hospital".

"The next four months are all about ensuring the essential systems and processes (including medical equipment, computer and technology systems ) are in place and fully functional," Mr Lisle said.

"There is a significant focus on staff training and ensuring our teams are familiar with their new environment and how things operate with such a large facility.

"Numerous clinical scenarios will also be conducted. This will provide a virtual real life test of all aspects of the new hospital's equipment, and functionality."


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