The contractor has been selected to undertake the $86.239 million redevelopment works at Nambour General Hospital (NGH), with health minister Steven Miles announcing Lendlease Building Limited as the successful tenderer.
“The Nambour Hospital redevelopment is now one step closer to getting underway,” Miles said.
“This major upgrade will provide a significant boost for the Nambour community and surrounding Sunshine Coast. The redevelopment will increase capacity to continue to meet demand and the needs of a growing and ageing population.
“Our government is committed to enhancing frontline services in Queensland and this redevelopment reflects that commitment.
“Thanks for the redevelopment, Nambour Hospital will become a centre of excellence for the care of older people and their specific health needs.”
Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (SCHHS) chief executive adjunct professor Naomi Dwyer said the planned redevelopment would result in a facility which could support the local community into the future.
“NGH has a proud history of providing services to the Sunshine Coast community since the 1920s and until recently, was the primary referral centre and largest hospital in the region,” Dwyer continued.
“This redevelopment is building on an exciting future for the hospital. The redevelopment means the facility will be better able to service the growing health needs of the Sunshine Coast community.
“The hospital will continue to play a critical role including housing expanded mental health services that complement Sunshine Coast University Hospital Mental Health Service.
“The redevelopment will allow for more low-acuity surgical services and create new and contemporary environments for patients undergoing rehabilitation, renal dialysis, medical treatments, cancer care and day unit infusion therapies.”
The redevelopment will deliver:
- Expansion of wards (inpatient units) including mental health services, surgical services and medical services with a focus on families and older persons;
- Expansion of the emergency department with additional beds;
- New medical imaging equipment with increased service capacity;
- New Acute and Restorative Care ward (inpatient unit);
- A new same day rehabilitation service model to encourage the transferring of care from an inpatient to ambulatory setting;
- Expansion and collocation of short stay wards – Medical Assessment Planning Unit, Emergency Short Stay Unit and Surgical Decision Unit, near the emergency department and surgical services to improve patient flows; and
- Improved design of renal dialysis unit, Central Sterilising Unit, Oncology and Day Unit Infusion Therapy units, and kitchen facilities.
The redevelopment of the NGH will be completed in nine stages, ensuring minimal disruption to the delivery of health care services. Construction will commence in 2019 and is expected to be completed by end of 2022.