Caloundra Health Service Redevelopment
Caloundra Health Service (CHS) is part of the network of facilities that comprise Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (SCHHS). Other facilities include Sunshine Coast University, Nambour General, Gympie, and Maleny Soldiers and Memorial hospitals.
The CHS is located on the southern end of the SCHHS region, approximately 8km southeast of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital and 40km south of Nambour General Hospital. The Sunshine Coast is one of the fastest growing regions in Queensland and is expected to grow by 35 per cent from 2015 to 2031.
The role of CHS has changed since the opening of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital in March 2017, however has continued to play an essential role in providing important health services as part of the SCHHS, and to the local community including:
- providing a Minor Injury and Illness Clinic
- providing the primary point for the SCHHS’s palliative care and ophthalmology services
- continuing to provide ambulatory care, renal, oral health and community services for residents of Caloundra and surrounds.
In December 2016, the Treasurer, the Honourable Curtis Pitt MP, approved the release of $17 million of the Enhancing Regional Hospitals Program for funding the redevelopment of the CHS.
The construction phase of the redevelopment was completed in 4 stages to reduce any disruption or impact to services. The project commenced in late 2017 and has successfully been completed, on time and budget in December 2018.
The redevelopment has allowed CHS to meet the growing health demands of the region, and will help the SCHHS meet the increased service demand, with the number of beds/bed alternatives at CHS increasing from 31 in 2017 to 43 following the redevelopment.
On 7 February 2019, the Health Minister Steven Miles officially opened the newly redeveloped site at CHS, along with the SCHHS Board Chair, Lorraine Ferguson. This was a significant and very important milestone for the SCHHS, and showcases the excellent work that the SCHHS staff, project team and contractors have achieved over the last 12 months.
Left to right: Dr Louise Welch Palliative Care, Dave Johnson Director of Nursing/Facility Manager CHS, Mr Stephen Miles Health Minister, Di Lorraine Ferguson SCHHS Board Chair and Troy Kenny Portfolio Director CHS Redevelopment Project.
Facility court yard