IT’S far from being the complete answer to fix the overcrowding issues at Ipswich Hospital’s Emergency Department, but it will help.
The Ripley Satellite Hospital is now open to service patients in the fastest growing suburbs of the city.
The now hospital features a minor illness and injury clinic, as well as treatment spaces for paediatric care, obstetrics and gynaecology, oral health, BreastScreen and mental health services.
The consult and treatment rooms for appointments with Qld health doctors, nurses and allied health professionals is designed to accommodate up to 800 outpatient appointments each week.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk attended a preview open day at the new hospital last month telling the crowd of around thousand that the Ripley Satellite Hospital will be a gamechanger for the growing region in providing the health services families in this area needed.
“With more than 580,000 people presenting to Queensland emergency departments in the last quarter, these facilities will help our frontline workers focus on major emergencies,” she said.
Minister for Health, Shannon Fentiman, said there had been no troubles filling the new hospital’s 30 medical staff roles which includes 10 doctors.
“There were a lot of applications to come and work here, this is the type of work that our health care professionals want to do, they want to be on the frontline preventing things from getting worse,” she said.
In other major local health news, the minister said work was now underway on the 90-bed Ripley sub-acute facility, located right next door to the satellite hospital.
She also said that construction will begin next year on the $710 million Ipswich Hospital Stage 2 expansion, which will deliver 200 new beds for the region.
RIPLEY SATELLITE HOSPITAL FAST FACTS:
● Minor Injury and Illness Clinic open 8am and 10pm, every day.
● The clinic provides treatment for common injuries and illnesses.
● Free services for those with a Medicare card.
● If you are not eligible for a Medicare card, you will be required to pay for treatment.