Sunshine Coast University Hospital north-west view.
Sunshine Coast University Hospital north-west view.

REVEALED: Drone unveils Coast's new $1.8b hospital

THE $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital is set to open its doors in just 16 weeks.

Drone footage released by developers Lendlease gives some idea of the scale of the massive new health facility, the largest health infrastructure project in the southern hemisphere.

From the teaching auditorium, through the long hallways and out over the top of the building which will house nearly 750-beds and can hold more than 900 if needed, once fully-operational.

The new hospital is due to open in April, meaning about 10,000 patients a year will be able to be treated on the Coast rather than travelling to and from Brisbane.

Currently closing out on final deliverables, Lendlease is nearing handover of the facility to consortium partners.

The new hospital is being delivered through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) contract with Exemplar Health - a consortium comprising Lendlease, Siemens and Capella Capital, with partners Spotless Facilities, Aurecon and architects SCA. This consortium will design, build and finance the public hospital as well as maintain it for 25 years.

Once handover is complete the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service will prepare the facility for staff and patients through the commissioning process, with technology and equipment testing, supply stocking, staff training, clinical cleaning and patient scenario training to still be carried out.

The pharmacy alone will be able to hold more than 30,000 packs and bottles, while between 5000 and 20,000 tests will need to be undertaken on the facility before it can be commissioned.

Spotless has now taken over facilities management services, with a new perimeter fence installed to keep the facility secure until it opens, while final external works on the south-east of the campus are being finished.

Main site sheds are being pulled down and removed over the next few weeks and landscaping will be done where the sheds were, as that area will become a future expansion zone for the hospital.

The prototype suite building used to drive design of medical suites in the new hospital will also be donated to two Coast schools, to be used as a classroom and the equipment used to train future medical professionals.

The Federal Government is currently undertaking an assessment of all medical school places at universities around the nation, as the new hospital looks to secure 15 extra medical school placements from other universities to make Griffith University's med school proposal viable.

Fisher MP Andrew Wallace is hopeful of securing those 15 placements, with an announcement expected in March-April next year.

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