Queensland Health has outlined the services to be provided at each of the Satellite Hospitals currently being built in growing communities across the Styte’s South-East.
The Satellite Hospitals will deliver free healthcare closer to home in Tugun, Redlands, Eight Mile Plains, Bribie Island, Caboolture, Kallangur and Ripley.
Each Satellite Hospital will include a Minor Injury and Illness Clinic that will be open seven days a week from 8am and will accept patients until 10pm.
The clinics will provide walk-in urgent care for common injuries and illnesses such as strains and sprains, broken bones, minor head injuries, infections and rashes, minor eye issues, minor cuts and burns, toothache and earache, and fever.
Minister for Health, Yvette D’Ath said the Satellite Hospitals Program would expand capacity across South-East Queensland.
As a result of the program there would now be weekly treatment of walk-in urgent care for up to 3,430 patients; 640 renal dialysis treatments; 180 chemotherapy treatments, and 140 day medical treatments.
In addition, 3,160 outpatient appointments could be made in the Consult and Treatment Rooms each week.
“Our Satellite Hospitals Program has also supported good jobs in our local communities, creating more than 770 construction jobs across South-East Queensland,” Ms D’Ath said.
Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk said the nation-leading program would take pressure off busy hospital emergency departments, while allowing locals to access free healthcare closer to home.