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    Premier
    The Honourable Campbell Newman
    Minister for Health
    The Honourable Lawrence Springborg

    It’s official - Gold Coast University Hospital now open

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier
    The Honourable Campbell Newman

    Minister for Health
    The Honourable Lawrence Springborg

    Wednesday, October 30, 2013

    It’s official - Gold Coast University Hospital now open

    Australia’s first university-named hospital was officially opened today by Premier Campbell Newman, in what has been described as a ‘major milestone’ for health services in Queensland.

    Mr Newman toured the new Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH) as part of its official opening and said the new facility was one of the best things to happen in health in Australia.

    “This $1.76 billion facility is the first university-named hospital to be built in Australia and we are proud to have it built on Queensland soil,” Mr Newman said.

    “Reflecting the best approach to health service delivery, the Gold Coast University Hospital has been designed with the best interests of the patient in mind.

    “With these new and expanded specialised services, many Gold Coast residents will no longer have to travel to Brisbane to receive treatment.

    “The co-location of the hospital with a neighbouring university and soon-to-be-constructed private hospital will also put the Gold Coast on the map for growth and innovation in healthcare in Australia.”

    Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said the official opening was a proud moment for staff.

    “For the past nine years the planning, construction, move and opening of the Gold Coast University Hospital has been a priority for all staff, and to see it officially opened is testament to their hard work,” Mr Springborg said.

    “I know Gold Coast Health prides itself on the services it provides to the community, and with a leading university hospital as the jewel in its crown, it has much to be proud of.”

    Five new services will be introduced at the new facility including comprehensive cancer care (including radiotherapy), neurosciences, neonatal intensive care, trauma response (including a helipad), cardiac surgery and nuclear medicine.

    Radiation therapy will be the first new service to be delivered to public patients for the first time on the Gold Coast from December, after a partnership was announced with Radiation Oncology Queensland.

    Fast facts:

    • 219 patients were transferred to GCUH from the old Gold Coast Hospital over two days (27 and 28 September), making it the biggest hospital move in Australian history
    • The Gold Coast University Hospital features 70 per cent single patient rooms, more than half the national average, and has capacity for 750 beds
    • GCUH is the largest public hospital in Australia occupying a 20 hectare site, more than five times the size of the old Gold Coast Hospital site
    • The hospital was delivered within budget

    [ENDS] 30 October 2013 

    Media contact: Andrew Blow (Premier) 0408 912 821
                               Clare Mildren (Minister Springborg) 0417 255 284