Premier tour before doors open

Published 11:00am 5 July 2024

Premier tour before doors open
Words by Nick Crockford

Bribie Island’s new satellite hospital received its first official tour party before opening to the public later this month.

Premier Steven Miles visited the new facility with State Member for Pumicestone Ali King, Deputy Premier Cameron Dick and Health Minister Shannon Fentiman.

The minor injury and illness clinic will be open for non-life-threatening illness and injuries, from July 17 - 8am-10pm daily, at 103 First Ave, Bongaree.

It will also have an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health hub, kidney dialysis, a day medical treatment unit and outpatient mental health services.

Stage two of the hospital will open in early 2025 with cancer care services where patients can access chemotherapy and oral health.

Premier tour before doors open

There will also be a Healthy Aging Assessment and Rehabilitation Team to provide rehabilitation and care for the senior community.

Satellite hospitals at Caboolture and Kallangur have already opened with six across South-East Queensland treating more than 90,000 people and 40,000 outpatient appointments.

“Here in Bribie Island, our seventh Satellite Hospital will open in just a few weeks and begin providing critical health care to the community,” Premier Miles said.

“This will make the lives of locals so much easier, knowing help for those scary but non-life-threatening situations is right here on the Island, while also alleviating pressure on busy emergency departments.

“More than 130,000 Queenslanders have visited a satellite hospital, while there has been a 12 per cent reduction in presentations at local hospitals.”

Premier tour before doors open

Member for Pumicestone Ali King is “so excited the doors of Bribie Island Satellite Hospital are to open on July 17 delivering hospital services in the heart of our  community.

“Stage two is coming in 2025 and includes the chemotherapy chairs I fought so hard for.”

Minister for Health, Mental Health and Ambulance Services Shannon Fentiman said satellite hospitals are doing a “fantastic job” taking pressure off emergency departments.

“They also provide access to vital services such as dialysis and mental health support closer to home," she said.

“Once cancer care services are available next year, the Bribie community will be able to access potentially life-saving chemotherapy treatment.”

The Premier and his cabinet also held a town hall community meeting on Bribie with residents able to raise issues directly with ministers.

Premier tour before doors open

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