Gold Coast University Hospital
|Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH)|
|Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service|
Main entry, 2015#
|Location||1 Hospital Boulevard, off Parklands Drive, Southport, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia|
|Affiliated university||Griffith University, Bond University|
|Lists||Hospitals in Australia|
Gold Coast University Hospital (abbreviated GCUH or GCH, and sometimes Gold Coast Uni Hospital) is a major health facility offering tertiary level health care for the Gold Coast, Australia, completed in September 2013. The hospital was built on the Greenfields site adjacent to Griffith University Gold Coast campus at a cost of $1.8 billion.
Construction commenced on 16 December 2008 when Queensland Premier Anna Bligh turned the first sod. Bovis Lend Lease built the hospital.
The new 750-bed medical facility which services include specialist cancer and cardiac services, neurosciences, trauma and neonatal intensive care. The hospital has seven main buildings, with a total floor space of approximately 170,000 m2 (1,800,000 sq ft) (excluding car parks). The main nine-level-high building is topped with a helicopter landing site.
On 27 September 2013, Queensland Health officially shut down services at the Gold Coast Hospital, and transferred the remaining patients from the old Gold Coast Hospital to the new Gold Coast University Hospital.
The Gold Coast University Hospital is the primary teaching hospital for medical students (student doctors) of Griffith University's and Bond University's medical schools. And like most Australian public state hospitals, it is an accredited site for further postgraduate residency training of medical practitioners.
The hospital is located on 1 Hospital Boulevard, off Parklands Drive, Southport, adjacent to Olsen Ave. A multi story car park is provided for patients and visitors and is located across the road from the main hospital building. The Gold Coast University Hospital is co-located with Griffith University and new Gold Coast Private Hospital, forming the Gold Coast's 'Health and Knowledge Precinct'.
The hospital and precinct alike are well serviced by various public transport methods. The Gold Coast Light Rail system called the G:link runs from the hospital to Broadbeach South via the Southport CBD and Surfers Paradise every 8 minutes in peak times. The Gold Coast University Hospital station entrance is located out the front of the main entrance of the hospital itself. Buses also services the Health and Knowledge Precinct with bus connections available to Helensvale Railway Station and Southport as well as surrounding suburbs. GCUH bus station is located adjacent to the main hospital building along Parklands Drive.
For information on public transport routes and timetables go to Translink.
- Emergency medicine
- Intensive care
- General medicine
- Nephrology and renal dialysis
- General surgery
- Orthopedic surgery
- Vascular surgery
- Oral and maxillofacial surgery
- Plastic surgery
- Paediatric surgery
- Cardiothoracic surgery
- Palliative care
- Block A and D - Clinical administration and clinical services buildings: Intensive care, surgical theatres, rehabilitation gymnasium, renal dialysis, and offices
- Blocks B and C - Inpatient units (wards): Connected to main clinical services building; Block B has north and south wings, and Block C has east and west wings
- Block F - Mental health: Inpatient units and clinical offices
- Block E - Pathology and education: Pathology laboratories, lecture theatre, tutorial rooms, and hospital library
- Block M - Engineering Workshops
- Block P - Central Energy Plant
Proposed cut back
According to leaked documents sighted by The Gold Coast Bulletin, Queensland Health is being forced to delay, cut or privatise facilities for the Gold Coast University Hospital. Proposed cost-saving measures under consideration in many cases involved "shelling" or building the space for facilities but not fitting out those areas.
- Bedo, Stephanie (4 January 2013). "New hospital nearly ready for handover". Gold Coast Bulletin. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
- The Gold Coast Bulletin - Razor gang slashes hospital project
- Simonot, Suzanne (13 August 2015). "Channel 7 to screen new university hospital reality TV show Gold Coast Medical in September". Gold Coast Bulletin. Archived from the original on 14 August 2015. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
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