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Sunshine Coast University Hospital is a new hospital which will better serve patients and their carers from the Sunshine Coast and surrounding areas. It will provide the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service with significantly greater treatment capacity and clinical services.

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The new Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital

What is Sunshine Coast University Hospital?

Sunshine Coast University Hospital is a new public tertiary teaching hospital being built at Birtinya. It will open in 2017 with about 450 beds, with ability to grow to over 738 beds.

The new public hospital will offer a range of new and expanded free public hospital services to meet growing demand for healthcare on the Sunshine Coast. It will provide Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service with significantly greater treatment capacity and clinical services.



Where will the public hospital be located?

Sunshine Coast University Hospital will be located on a 20-hectare site at Birtinya. Kawana Way runs along the western boundary of the public hospital site, which is bounded by Barny Moy Rd to the south, Eccles Boulevard to the east and Doherty Street to the north.



How will the public hospital benefit the Sunshine Coast community?

Sunshine Coast University Hospital will offer a range of free public hospital services to help meet the growing demand for hospital services on the Sunshine Coast. This will mean an estimated 10,000 patients each year will not have to travel to Brisbane for complex treatment.



When will the public hospital open?

Sunshine Coast University Hospital will open in April 2017.



What services will the public hospital provide?

The hospital will offer a wide range of free public hospital services including:

  • emergency department
  • comprehensive cancer centre, including radiotherapy and chemotherapy
  • specialised medical and surgical services, including a major trauma service and paediatrics
  • maternity service, including a special care nursery for unwell newborns
  • rehabilitation service
  • mental health unit
  • renal service
  • 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.


What is a public tertiary teaching hospital?

A public tertiary teaching hospital has highly trained specialised staff, equipment and services able to safely care for patients with the most complex or life-threatening conditions. Tertiary hospitals also train large numbers of staff and students and have significant health and medical research programs. A key aim of Sunshine Coast University Hospital is to train local residents to become the health workforce of the future.



How many beds will the public hospital have? Is this enough?

Sunshine Coast University Hospital will open in April 2017 with about 450, with the ability to grow to more than 738 beds. Combined with other health facilities on the Sunshine Coast, the new public hospital's bed requirements have been based on expected population growth and our communities' future healthcare needs. The Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service's bed capacity will be sufficient to meet these needs over the next 10 years.



Are there any plans to expand the hospital in the future?

Sunshine Coast University Hospital will grow from 450 beds in 2017 with ability to grow to more than 738 beds to meet forecasted demand for hospital services. The hospital has been master-planned for ease of expansion to 900 beds beyond 2021 if needed.



Will the public hospital operate sustainably?

Yes. Sunshine Coast University Hospital is targeting a four-star Green Star 'Design' and 'As Built' rating under the Green Building Council of Australia's sustainability rating system. The Green Star rating system is a voluntary system for evaluating the environmental sustainability of the design and construction of buildings. A four-star Green Star rating represents delivery of a best practice, environmentally-sustainable hospital.



What is the Sunshine Coast Health Institute?

The public hospital's Sunshine Coast Health Institute (SCHI) will provide dedicated education and research facilities to help train the existing and future hospital workforce.

SCHI also will help attract high quality clinicians to the public hospital with opportunities for them to engage in research projects amid first-class facilities.

It is planned to be delivered as a partnership between Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service and leading providers of tertiary education, skills training and research, including the University of the Sunshine Coast and TAFE Queensland East Coast.



The Sunshine Coast Health Campus

Why is the public hospital being built at Birtinya?

The Birtinya site was selected for its prime location in the heart of the Sunshine Coast's key population centres. The site is also close to existing and proposed transport links and a range of amenities, including the new Kawana Town Centre.



What else is being built on the Sunshine Coast Health Campus?

The Sunshine Coast Health Campus will accommodate:

  • Sunshine Coast University Hospital
  • Sunshine Coast Health Institute, integrated with the new public hospital
  • 3500 car parking spaces, including two multi-deck car parks
  • the collocated Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital
  • health-related commercial developments
  • a 100-place child care centre.


What is the difference between Sunshine Coast University Hospital and the private hospital?

The Sunshine Coast University Hospital site, known as the Sunshine Coast Health Campus, will collocate two hospitals:

  • Sunshine Coast University Hospital - the new public tertiary teaching hospital
  • Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital.

Sunshine Coast University Hospital will provide free public hospital services and will supplement existing public healthcare facilities, such as Nambour General Hospital, Caloundra Hospital and Gympie Hospital.

Design and construction of the public hospital is underway and the hospital will open in April 2017.

The collocated 200-bed Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital services the needs of private patients. The private hospital opened in November 2013.

Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service has contracted the private hospital to treat public patients until mid-2018, while the public hospital is being built and commissioned. This will increase the capacity of public healthcare on the Sunshine Coast, with an expected 12, 000 public patients per year to be treated at the facility.

Visit the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service website for more information on the public patient arrangements at the private hospital. For more information about the collocated private hospital visit www.sunshinecoastuniversityprivate.com.au



Is the collocated private hospital open?

Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital opened in November 2013.



Why was a private hospital built on the site?

The collocation of a private hospital with Sunshine Coast University Hospital will give patients easier access to a wide range of local services and a greater choice in providers. In the long term, the collocation will increase Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service's ability to attract doctors, nurses and allied health staff, who will be drawn to the region by the variety of employment opportunities available on the one campus.



Will the Kawana site flood?

Sunshine Coast University Hospital is being built to withstand Q500 flood levels, which means a once in every 500 years rain event.



Transport and Parking

Will the Sunshine Coast Health Campus be accessible by public transport?

Yes, the site will have excellent connections to public transport and a range of amenities, including the future Kawana Town Centre.

A dedicated bus stop will be located at the main entry of the public hospital and close to the entry of Ramsay Health Care's private hospital. A temporary bus stop has been established on Bragg Street to service the private hospital while Sunshine Coast University Hospital is under construction.

The Sunshine Coast Health Campus will be on the Coast Connect bus route, as well as the Greenlink transport route and close to the Kawana Transit Precinct, a proposed transport hub north of the site intended to service the Queensland Government's Multi-Modal Transport Corridor. It will also be about 10 minutes' walk from the future train station on Station Road in the Kawana Transit Precinct.

What other transport options will be available to access the site?

A precinct-wide solution will provide a range of transport and parking options, including a public transport hub and new pedestrian and cycle links.

Extensive new shared paths will promote and encourage active communities and provide links between the Sunshine Coast Health Campus and the surrounding areas, including Birtinya Island and the future Kawana Town Centre and Transit Precinct. The paths will allow pedestrians to move safely around the campus and access the main entries of the public and private hospitals.

For cyclists, there will be shared paths and the provision of on-carriageway cycle lanes on all roads leading to the Sunshine Coast Health Campus.

There will be about 300 bicycle racks for staff on the ground floor of the car park adjacent to the public hospital, where staff will have access to secure, end-of-trip facilities including showers, lockers and toilets. About 120 bicycle racks will be located near the main entry of the public hospital for use by visitors with additional lockers and end-of-trip  facilities for staff.

What are the car parking arrangements for the Sunshine Coast Health Campus?

Parking at the new public and private hospitals will be safe, secure, easy to use and consistent with other major tertiary hospitals. The Sunshine Coast Health Campus will provide about 3500 car parks, including two multi-deck car parks, short-term parking, drop-off zones and dedicated at-grade parking close to the entrance of the Cancer Care Centre and Renal Dialysis Unit.

The two multi-deck car parks will have the latest security measures and parking technology for safety and to ensure quick, easy use of the facilities. There will be dedicated parking areas for staff and the public to make parking as safe and efficient as possible, and users will be able to directly access the public hospital from the car park via overhead bridge links.

The first multi-deck car park (P2) opened in late 2013 and provides parking for users of Ramsay Health Care's private hospital. An at-grade car park (P3) located next to the collocated private hospital opened in March 2014. The second multi-deck car park (P1) will open in April 2017 when the Sunshine Coast University Hospital opens.

The car parks of the Sunshine Coast Health Campus are operated by Point Parking. For more information, contact Point Parking on 1300 551 131, email kawanahealthcampus@pointparking.com.au or visit www.pointparking.com.au.

The Sunshine Coast Health Campus will also provide dedicated parking for public patients who frequently visit for renal dialysis and cancer care, dedicated parking for people with a disability and short-term on-street car parks surrounding the hospital campus.



What technology will be used in the multi-deck car parks?

The multi-deck car parks will have the latest security measures to ensure personal and vehicle safety at all times of the day and night. This will include:

  • an intercom system
  • CCTV surveillance
  • duress points monitored by CCTV
  • motion sensors to increase light levels
  • an on-site security control room.

The design of the car parks and parking technology will ensure quick and easy use of facilities, including:

  • a staff express ramp in P1
  • a parking guidance system to provide real-time information on the availability of spaces
  • capacity for up to 180 electric vehicle charging stations.


How much will it cost to park in the multi-deck car parks?

The Kawana Health Campus's secure car parks are being delivered and managed by Exemplar Health. Parking tariffs will be in-line with or lower than comparable hospitals. Staff will pay a similar rate to staff at Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital and Gold Coast University Hospital. Public rates will be less than other metropolitan facilities.

Exemplar Health has engaged Point Parking to operate the car parks. For further details, including car park rates contact Point Parking on:

Telephone 1300 551 131
Email kawanahealthcampus@pointparking.com.au
Website http://www.pointparking.com.au/parking-locations-details.php?site=17



What plans are in place to ensure there is adequate parking for residents and users of the Sunshine Coast Health Campus and surrounding areas?

Joint planning by Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service, Exemplar Health, Ramsay Health Care, Sunshine Coast Council and Stockland will ensure adequate and appropriate parking is available.

A precinct-wide approach will deliver a range of transport options and mixed-use parking to suit the many and varied needs of all precinct users, including hospital patients, visitors, staff, students, businesses, customers and residents.

Sunshine Coast Council is also developing an On-Street Parking Regulation Strategy to manage parking on public roads within the precinct. The parking and transport arrangements will have a staged implementation coinciding with the completion of individual developments within the precinct.

Local residents and businesses with questions about on-street parking regulation can contact Sunshine Coast Council by email at mail@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au or by phone on (07) 5475 7272 or 1300 007 272 (STD callers within Sunshine Coast region - not available from mobile phones). Additional contact details are available at the council website at www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.



What parking will be available for people with disabilities?

The Sunshine Coast University Hospital will have ample easy-access parking for people with disabilities.

The Sunshine Coast Health Campus will provide more than 180 parking spaces for people with a disability, as well as dedicated parking for public patients who frequently visit the public hospital to receive treatment, for example renal dialysis and cancer care.

Will street parking be regulated?

Sunshine Coast Council is working with precinct partners to develop an On-Street Parking Regulation Strategy to identify the most effective and efficient means for managing car parking on public roads in and surrounding the Sunshine Coast Health Campus.

Local residents and businesses with questions about on-street parking regulation can contact Sunshine Coast Council by email at mail@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au or by phone on (07) 5475 7272 or 1300 007 272 (STD callers within Sunshine Coast region - not available from mobile phones). Additional contact details are available at the council website at www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

How will construction parking be controlled?

Exemplar Health will provide sufficient car parking on or adjacent to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital construction site to accommodate parking for construction workers.

Construction Management Plans will also be developed for each other development in the Oceanside Kawana Health Precinct (e.g. Stockland's Oceanside Health Hub), which will set out how construction traffic and parking will be controlled and accommodated. Sunshine Coast Council will consider this detail as part of its approval process for these developments.



Public private partnership (PPP)

Will the public hospital project be delivered as a PPP?

Yes, the hospital is being built using a PPP delivery model, which will deliver improved value for money when compared to traditional procurement. Sunshine Coast University Hospital is Queensland's first hospital PPP project.



What is a PPP?

PPP stands for public private partnership and involves a private sector consortium (usually a builder, facilities management provider and financier), in the design, build, financing and maintenance of the hospital. The Sunshine Coast University Hospital PPP also includes security, pest control, grounds maintenance and car parking in its scope.

The PPP contract is for a period of 25 years from April 2017 when the hospital opens. The contract requires the PPP provider to manage the built environment and maintain facilities to a high standard throughout the 25-year contract term, enabling clinicians and hospital management to focus on the needs of patients.



What is Exemplar Health?

Exemplar Health is a consortium comprising Lendlease, Siemens and Capella Capital, with partners Spotless Facilities Services.



How/why was the Exemplar Health consortium selected?

Exemplar Health was selected by a panel of clinicians and health infrastructure specialists following a detailed review of their proposal, including:

  • the masterplan
  • clinical and operational functionality of the design
  • architectural merit
  • proposed facilities management solution
  • capital and operating cost proposals.

This assessment identified that Exemplar Health had delivered the best value for money solution of the three bidders who submitted a proposal for the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

The companies have a very strong track record in delivering major hospital projects. For example, Lendlease has recently built Gold Coast University Hospital and the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, which Spotless Facilities Services maintains.



How is the public hospital project being funded?

Sunshine Coast University Hospital is being funded through two mechanisms:

  • a Government Contribution of $820 million to be paid during construction of the public hospital
  • a quarterly service payment, linked to performance of Exemplar Health, for the duration of the 25-year contract term.

Construction

When did construction of Sunshine Coast University Hospital begin and how long will it take?

Construction of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital project began in October 2012 and work on the main hospital structure started in mid-2013. The hospital will take about three and a half years to construct. The hospital is scheduled to open in April 2017.

Duplication of Kawana Way in front of the hospital site and construction of the first multi-deck car park was completed at the end of 2013.



Will construction impact local traffic?

Lendlease, Exemplar Health's builder, is committed to minimising impacts on the local neighbourhood during construction. This is being managed through a detailed construction traffic management plan and liaison with key stakeholders.



How will car parking associated with the hospital be managed during and after construction?

All construction car parking will be within the hospital site boundary. Worker car-pooling will be encouraged.

Two levels of the main multi-storey car park (P1) have been opened to construction workers to minimise the impact on local roads.

Once operational, the hospital's car parking requirements will be accommodated by the extensive new car parking facilities.



Who should I contact if I have a query during the construction of the public hospital?

If you have a query during the construction of Sunshine Coast University Hospital, please contact Lendlease on 1800 302 021 (24 hours).



How is the project considering the environment?

Exemplar Health is committed to the effective management of the environment.

Environmental studies and reports in relation to the hospital site have been completed by the Queensland Government and the necessary authority approvals have been obtained.

Exemplar Health has developed a detailed Environmental Management Plan to ensure the conditions and recommendations of those approvals are addressed and controlled.



How is the project managing cultural heritage?

Cultural heritage is being managed through the project's Cultural Heritage Management Plan, developed in accordance with legislative requirements and the State's Cultural Heritage Agreement.


Project milestones

What are the key project milestones for the public hospital project?

Sunshine Coast University Hospital construction timetable
September 2012 - end 2013Design development process
October 2012Site establishment and bulk earthworks commence
February 2013 - December 2013First multi-deck car park
June 2013 - December 2013Kawana Way duplication works
Mid-2013 - end 2014Main hospital structure
Early 2014 - mid-2015External facade
From mid-2014Internal fit-out and finishes
April 2017Public hospital opens with about 450 beds
2021Public hospital fully commissioned

Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service

What will be the role of Sunshine Coast University Hospital within the broader Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service?

Sunshine Coast University Hospital will form part of the network of services provided by Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service, focusing on tertiary services for Sunshine Coast and Gympie residents. The new public hospital will also provide non-tertiary care to local residents. This means some services currently provided at Caloundra Hospital will be moved to Sunshine Coast University Hospital. Some services at Nambour General Hospital, such as the cardiac catheterisation laboratories, will also transfer to the new public hospital.



What will happen to Nambour General Hospital when Sunshine Coast University Hospital opens in 2017?

Nambour General Hospital will remain as a large acute hospital providing services to local residents and the hinterland. The hospital will undergo a refurbishment following the opening of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital in April 2017, initially reducing to 129 beds during the refurbishment works before expanding to 246 beds in 2018. Nambour General Hospital will continue to have a major emergency department and elective surgery and medical inpatient capacity, as well as mental health services and expanded rehabilitation services. Some services currently established at Nambour General Hospital, such as birthing, will transfer to Sunshine Coast University Hospital in 2017.



What will happen to Caloundra Hospital when Sunshine Coast University Hospital opens?

Caloundra Hospital will continue to provide renal dialysis, dental and palliative care services and have an expanded role in community health.



What will happen to the Caloundra emergency department between now and 2017?

The Caloundra Hospital emergency department will continue between now and 2017. When Sunshine Coast University Hospital opens in April 2017 the emergency department will move to the new public hospital. A general practitioner-managed 'walk-in' centre will be established at Caloundra Hospital.



Will other new healthcare services be available on the Coast before Sunshine Coast University Hospital opens in 2017? If so what?

In preparation for Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service has implemented new services at Nambour General Hospital. These include:

  • interventional cardiology
  • vascular surgery
  • a new endoscopy suite.

A range of other services will be expanded or implemented prior to the new public hospital opening.

How many beds will be available within Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service in 2017 compared to now?

Sunshine Coast University Hospital will open in April 2017 with about 450 beds and has the ability to grow to more 738 beds. This will increase the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service bed capacity from about 660 beds in 2021 to about 1012 beds when the new public hospital is fully commissioned.


Consultation

Are staff being consulted about the project?

Staff continue to play a very important role in ensuring the Sunshine Coast University Hospital project is a success. Staff consultation is integral to finalising the detailed design of the hospital, selecting equipment, planning for commissioning of the facility, providing advice on the recruitment process and developing and implementing new models of care.



Is there an opportunity for the broader community to participate in the project?

The community is participating in the project through consultation and information sessions and a formal process advising on the important aspects of facility design.

For more information visit the community consultation page.



Where can I find information about upcoming consultation activities?

Consultation with staff and the community will continue to be an important part of the project. For more information on the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service's Consumer and Community Engagement activities, please visit https://www.health.qld.gov.au/sunshinecoast/html/conseng.asp


Staffing and jobs - construction

How many construction jobs will the public hospital project generate?

Sunshine Coast University Hospital reached peak workforce in the second half of 2015, with about 1500 workers on site each day. More than 80 per cent of these construction workers live locally.

It is estimated that it will take about 4.15 million man-hours to build Sunshine Coast University Hospital, and more than 11,000 workers will be inducted on site over the life of the project.

Most contractors have now mobilised their workforce and the site's job centre, The Work Shop, has now closed.

More than 800 former jobseekers are now working on-site thanks to The Work Shop, more than 80 per cent of them being Sunshine Coast locals and adding $115 million in wages and salaries into the economy - a boost to local businesses and services.

Of the 807 people who found positions through The Work Shop, 19 per cent were previously unemployed, while 13 per cent were aged between 15 and 24 years. The Work Shop also secured 59 apprenticeships and traineeships.

For the latest construction updates or enquiries, please contact Lendlease via:

Website: www.lendlease.com/scuh
Email: scuhenquiries@lendlease.com
Freecall: 1800 302 021



What opportunities will there be for local industry during construction of the hospital?

Local industry is reaping significant benefits from the construction of Sunshine Coast University Hospital. Lendlease has awarded about 123 work packages for the construction project, with 118, or 80 per cent, of these packages won by south-east Queensland companies.

Contractor Spence Doors is one of the many local success stories of the project. Based in Forest Glen on the Sunshine Coast, Spence Doors will be supplying 5933 doors for the public hospital.   

The expression of interest registration process for sub-contracting or supplying work for the Sunshine Coast University Hospital has now closed.

If you would like to view details of the successful sub-contractors and suppliers for the construction of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, please visit the ICN
gateway website
.

The ICN Gateway website also lists opportunities relating to Facilities Management for the Sunshine Coast University Hospital with Spotless.


Staffing and jobs - Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital

How many staff will work in the public hospital?

Workforce planning is well underway for Sunshine Coast University Hospital. It is estimated that by 2017 Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service will grow by 69 per cent.

About 3500 staff will work in the new public hospital when it opens in 2017 and about 6000 staff will be required to staff the facility by 2021. About 2500 new staff will be required by 2016 in order to meet these requirements, growing to a total of 5000 new staff by 2021.



When will recruitment begin for the public hospital?

The recruitment process is being developed and it is anticipated some recruitment will occur about 18 months from the Sunshine Coast University Hospital opening date.

To view current vacancies with the Health Service, or to register your interest in future vacancies at the new public hospital, please visit: www.schealthjobs.health.qld.gov.au



What types of roles will be available at the public hospital?

The full range of hospital roles will be available, including clinical and support staff.



Will existing Health Service staff transition to the new public hospital?

It is expected that a significant number of existing staff will work at Sunshine Coast University Hospital once it opens in April 2017.



What support will be available to assist staff to apply and transition to the new public hospital?

A range of support will be available to assist staff. The nature of this support is being planned and more details will be available prior to the commencement of recruitment.



What will be the benefits of working at the public hospital?

Sunshine Coast University Hospital will provide the most up to date clinical environment, building on all available evidence on the links between hospital design, clinical outcomes and staff benefits. Care at the public hospital will focus directly on patients and will be delivered in a collaborative environment to ensure the highest quality care, while also enabling teaching and high quality research.



I'm thinking of moving to the Sunshine Coast, what are the benefits of living in the region?

As well as excellent professional opportunities, living on the Sunshine Coast offers a relaxed lifestyle with access to world famous beaches, rainforests and mountains in the hinterland, all within an hour's drive to Brisbane.

For more information about living on the Sunshine Coast visit the Sunshine Coast Council website.



Where can I get more information about the recruitment process for the new public hospital?

To view current vacancies with the Health Service, or to register your interest in future vacancies at the new public hospital, please visit: www.schealthjobs.health.qld.gov.au


More information

Where can I get the latest news on the project?

Sunshine Coast University Hospital

The project team can be contacted on SCUH-information@health.qld.gov.au

Construction related queries should be directed to SCUHenquiries@lendlease.com by phoning 1800 302 021 or by visiting the Lendlease website.

Collocated private hospital
For more information about the collocated Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital please visit www.sunshinecoastuniversityprivate.com.au.


Who can I contact for more information?

If you have a specific query relating to the project, please email SCUH-information@health.qld.gov.au.

Alternatively please submit an enquiry via our online form or mail:

Sunshine Coast University Hospital
Project Office
K1 Building
16 Innovation Parkway
Birtinya Qld

For all construction related queries, please contact Lendlease on:
Phone: 1800 302 021
Email: SCUHenquiries@lendlease.com

If your enquiry relates to employment at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital please visit www.schealthjobs.health.qld.gov.au

If your enquiry relates to Retail, please email Exemplar Health

If your enquiry relates to public art, please email Exemplar Health



Can I sign up to receive regular project updates?

Visit this website regularly to stay up to date with the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital project.

Last updated: 8 March 2016