Sunshine Coast Community News


Buderim's exciting new medical facilites

Fri 31 August 18 | Source: Buderim Private Hospital

Buderim is becoming a central location for state-of-the-art medical facilities with the Buderim Private Hospital Emergency Centre now open and a brand new $10 million cancer treatment centre set to open early 2019.

Buderim Private Hospital Emergency Centre has opened its doors this month as region’s first private emergency centre, providing the Sunshine Coast community with 24-hour emergency medical services and specialist care, regardless of their health insurance.

General Manager, Wallis Westbrook, said the establishment of the specialist service at the hospital will address an unmet community need.

“Over the years we have received countless requests from both patients and doctors for the hospital to establish an emergency department,” Mr Westbrook said.

“We see this as a major step forward for local people as they will have the option to easily access a new specialist health service close to where they work and live,” he said.

The Buderim Private Hospital is the only not-for-profit provider of private hospital services on the Sunshine Coast and directs any surplus funds back into continuous improvement and expansion of its services.

“As a non-profit organisation owned by the Uniting Church, UnitingCare Queensland has a proud tradition of helping the communities we serve and investing surplus funds into providing services like the Emergency Centre,” he said.

The new service will be delivered in partnership with Care 24/7, an experienced independent medical specialist emergency group.

Care 24/7 Managing Director Dr Sharad Pandit, said the centre would provide patients with direct access to specialist resources including radiology and pathology, with minimal wait times and free on-site parking.

The Emergency Centre will be further supported by the hospital's existing 24-hour intensive and critical care units and cardiac catheter labs.

"Any member of the community will be welcome to present at the Emergency Centre,” Mr Westbrook said.

"No health insurance is needed, however like all private emergency centres, most people will have an out-of-pocket fee regardless of whether or not they have private health insurance.”

10 Snapshot facts about the Buderim Private Hospital Emergency Centre Development:

  1. Opened on Wednesday 22 August
  2. Open 24/7
  3. Everyone is welcome at the Emergency Centre (even those without private health insurance)
  4. $4 million state-of-the-art facility
  5. Nine patient bays, including a dedicated resuscitation space
  6. Free parking
  7. Approximately 50 employees, including doctors, nurses and administrative staff
  8. Standard out-of-pocket fee will be $310, which includes X-ray and blood tests
  9. Patients without private health insurance who require admission can self-fund their hospital stay ​or opt to be transferred to a public hospital
  10. No out-of-pocket fees for WorkCover and eligible DVA patients

The Buderim Cancer Treatment centre

Sunshine Coast Haematology and Oncology Clinic and GenesisCare will undergo a transformation to provide radiation therapy, chemotherapy and haematological services, along with other allied health support such as oncology massage, dietetics, exercise physiology and psychology. The facilites will deliver an estimated 15,000 treatments to more than 1200 patients in the first year alone.

It will be located at the Buderim Health Precinct at 10 King Street.