Collocating a private hospital with Sunshine Coast University Hospital will provide greater healthcare choice for the community and attract specialist doctors and clinical staff to work and live on the Coast.
Collocations offer numerous benefits including:
- the ability to share staff and facilities
- locating complementary healthcare services on one campus
- increasing service choice to patients
- giving health professionals the scope to work in both the public and private health sectors.
Ramsay Health Care submitted a bid in November 2010 to build and operate the private hospital. After a detailed evaluation and negotiation period, Queensland Health selected Ramsay Health Care as the successful bidder, with construction commencing in October 2011. The 200-bed Sunshine Coast University 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.
The private hospital will increase the capacity of public and private healthcare on the Sunshine Coast, providing access for public patients to the equivalent of 110 beds. This represents the single biggest increase in public healthcare capacity on the Sunshine Coast at any one time.
For more information about the public patient arrangements please visit the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service website. For information about the Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital or to contact Ramsay Health Care, please visit its website.