The Tugun Satellite Hospital opened its doors to its first patients on 15 November, bringing healthcare closer to home for those living on the southern end of the Gold Coast.
The Minor Injury and Illness Clinic is the first stage to open at the facility and can be accessed for walk-in care such for non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses. The clinic will also provide medical imaging and diagnostic services, including x-ray and pathology.
The facility has been co-named with an Aboriginal name in the Yugambeh language: “Banyahrmabah”, which when translated in English means “a place to be made healthy”. (Head over to the web page to hear the pronunciation).
A range of appointment-based healthcare services are planned to commence during 2024, including fluid infusions, minor procedures and in-centre haemodialysis treatment.
There will also be a range of outpatient services including multi-disciplinary kidney services, allied health services including podiatry, physiotherapy, nutrition, social work, psychology and neuropsychology and midwifery services for women and their newborns.
The facility is free to attend for Medicare cardholders and will operate from 8am to 10pm, seven days a week. Patients should be aware that in life-threatening health care emergencies, they should always dial Triple Zero (000) or visit the nearest emergency department.
Located at 57 Boyd Street, Tugun, the new facility is a significant addition to Gold Coast Health’s infrastructure, supporting the demand on existing hospital facilities.