Eight Mile Plains has been named as the final location for the Queensland Government’s $265 million satellite hospital scheme, adding to six other locations already identified in the South East.
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the site marked an important step in advancing the program – a first Australian initiative.
The program will provide health facilities in Eight Mile Plains, Caboolture, Redlands, Pine Rivers, Tugun, Bribie Island and Ripley.
Deputy Premier and State Development Minister Steven Miles said the site identified at Eight Mile Plains was a parcel of land owned by the RACQ.
“Eight Mile Plains Satellite Hospital will provide non-emergency healthcare closer to home for many people in South Brisbane and Logan, and it will reduce pressure on nearby hospitals including QEII, PA and Logan Hospital. “, said Miles.
“This will improve health care and support jobs in construction and active health care.”
Treasurer Cameron Dick said, “Over 100 construction jobs will be supported through this Eight Mile Plains facility, and over 773 local jobs supported across the seven sites, which is great news for these local communities as well.
Health and Ambulance Services Minister Yvette D’Ath said following community consultation and planning processes, construction could begin at Eight Mile Plains in the second half of 2022.
“Eight Mile Plains and surrounding areas have all experienced significant growth in recent years and, as a result, increased demand for health services,” D’Ath said.
“Now is the right time to invest in additional infrastructure to ensure that residents of these areas continue to receive quality health care.
“A range of services are envisaged for these health facilities, including community health services, outpatient and low acuity day therapy services such as kidney dialysis, chemotherapy, management of complex wounds, postoperative care. emergency for minor injuries and illnesses and ambulatory activities.