A private hospital and health hub development being assessed by Logan City Council could help alleviate health service demands in the city.
Australian Unity has lodged an application for a $150 million facility to help meet the demands for medical and surgical services in one of South-East Queensland’s fastest growing health precincts.
The first stage of the proposed Meadowbrook development will deliver up to 90 inpatient beds, nine operating theatres, 60 specialist consulting suites, an onsite pathology laboratory and diagnostic imaging centre.
It will sit opposite Logan Hospital and is well connected to public transport services.
If approved, construction could begin in early 2023.
Meadowbrook will become a major health and wellbeing precinct, with recent Council upgrades improving pedestrian access to vital services.
Mayor Darren Power welcomed the project application as Council continues to drive private health investment in the city.
“The Australian Unity Private Hospital lodgement aligns with Council’s vision for the Meadowbrook health and wellbeing precinct and will help address the huge demand for health services in our city,” Cr Power said.
“A new private hospital will attract doctors, nurses, specialists and health operators while also creating new local jobs.
“While the development application still requires approval, Council welcomes this project and other health investments proposed for the City of Logan.”
Australian Unity’s General Manager of Health Care Property, Chris Smith, said the facility would deliver critical services to the local community.
“Australian Unity is delighted to be leading the delivery of this high-quality asset, which will improve health outcomes and provide long-term income and capital growth for our investors,” he said.
“It builds on our well-established track record as one of Queensland’s most trusted private healthcare developer-managers.”
More than 30,000 square metres of private health and medical services are expected to be delivered across the city in the next 12 months to three years.
Council has a history of campaigning for more medical services in the city.
In 2018, Council commissioned research to identify medical development and investment opportunities in the city.
“The research analysed current and future demand for health services, identified service delivery gaps and explored investment drivers in health services,” Cr Power said.
Earlier this year, Cr Power called on the Queensland Government to work with the private sector to ease the burden on Logan Hospital and state health services.