Better health care on the horizon for growing Caboolture community

Published Wednesday, 31 May, 2023 at 01:15 PM


Premier and Minister for the Olympic and Paralympic Games
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

Minister for Health, Mental Health and Ambulance Services and Minister for Women
The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

  • Palaszczuk Government celebrates practical completion of Caboolture Satellite Hospital, as major construction wraps up
  • The facility is on track to open in August 2023
  • The Caboolture Satellite Hospital will be home to a Minor Injury and Illness Clinic, and oral health services, a sleep studies clinic, medical and imaging diagnostic services, and appointments with mental health specialists

The Health Minister has joined workers to mark the end of construction on the Caboolture Satellite Hospital as the fit out begins.

Work is now underway to equip and prepare the multi-million facility for patients - one of seven of its kind being established in South-East Queensland as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s Satellite Hospitals Program and landmark Health and Hospitals Plan.

The Minister also announced that the Caboolture Satellite Hospital is expected to open in August. 

The Caboolture Satellite Hospital will have capacity to accommodate 600 outpatient appointments a weekin its consult and treatment rooms with Queensland Health clinicians, including mental health specialists and Rapid Access Clinic staff.

This includes capacity to provide care for up to 490 walk-in patients a week.

It will include a Minor Injury and Illness Clinic, whichwill accept free walk-ins seven days a week from 8am and until 10pm (with health staff working until 11:30pm).

The facility will also include:

  • oral health services, including prevention, promotion and early intervention, intra-oral radiology, and specialist referral services
  • a sleep studies clinic for respiratory-related sleep disorders, including home sleep testing and CPAP/non-invasive ventilation support
  • medical imaging and diagnostic services, including ultrasound, X-ray, orthopantomogram and pathology, and
  • an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Hub, providing services including screening, health promotion and health education.

The Satellite Hospitals Program is one part of the Palaszczuk Government’s record $23.6 billion healthcare investment, which is delivering newhospitals, more beds, more services, and more frontline health workers.

Quotes attributable to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk: 

“Our Satellite Hospitals Program is nation leading, which will take pressure off our ED’s.

“The Caboolture Satellite Hospital will expand the range of services available to the Moreton Bay community and deliver them closer to home.  

“Our government will continue to put the needs of Queenslanders first while investing in the services needed to support the rapid growth we are experiencing. 

“I look forward to seeing this facility bustling with doctors, nurses and patients in the not-too-distantfuture.

“This is a proud moment for the hundreds of men and women who have worked to build this Caboolture health care facility.”

Quotes attributable to Health Minister, Shannon Fentiman:

“The completion of the Caboolture Satellite Hospital’s construction marks yet another significant milestone for the Satellite Hospital Program.

“The Minor Injury and Illness Clinic offers walk-in care for common conditions like strains and sprains, broken bones, minor head injuries, infections and rashes, minor eye issues, minor cuts and burns, tooth ache and earache, and fever, helping to take a lot of pressure off our busy emergency departments and major hospitals.

“Additionally, the Caboolture Satellite Hospital will provide a range of convenient specialist services including oral health services and a sleep studies clinic for people suffering respiratory-related sleep disorders.

“I thank Hutchinson Builders for delivering vital infrastructure that will enable us to provide tailored health services in the growing community of Caboolture.”

Quotes attributable to the Member for Morayfield Mark Ryan: 

“The Caboolture Satellite Hospital will be a game-changer for our growing region in offering the health care services the community needs. 

“Having capacity for 490 walk-in patients a week will help to relieve pressure on our emergency departments.

“I’m pleased our community can lead the way in benefiting from the multi-million-dollar Satellite Hospital investment by the Palaszczuk Government.” 

Quotes attributable to Metro North Hospital and Health Service Chief Medical Officer Dr Elizabeth Rushbrook:

“Our new Caboolture Satellite Hospital is just another initiative set to provide alternate care pathways for patients – with the MIIC offering close-to-home options for minor injuries, illnesses, and fractures.

“We know our Emergency Departments get busy, which is why we have invested in additional care initiatives such as our Virtual Emergency Department and now the Satellite Hospital, to provide a range of care options to suit the varying needs in our growing communities.

“Our new Satellite Hospital will be recruiting for 70 new positions between now and its opening in August, with no better time than now to join the growing Caboolture healthcare team as it continues to expand its offering and capability for the region.”

Further information:

The Satellite Hospitals Program is a $377 million investment by the Palaszczuk Government.

The seven Satellite Hospitals locations are:

- Tugun
- Redlands
- Eight Mile Plains
- Bribie Island
- Caboolture
- Kallangur
- Ripley


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