Queensland’s Ministry for Health and Ambulance Services has awarded tenders to Broad Construction and Alder Construction for the Gold Coast University Hospital sub-acute expansion project and Robina Hospital emergency department expansion, respectively.

The two substantial infrastructure projects worth A$88.5m ($62.71m) will increase the capacity of Robina Hospital and Gold Coast University Hospital after completion.

Health and Ambulance Services Minister Yvette D’Ath said: “I am thrilled that the A$72m ($51.02m) Gold Coast University Hospital sub-acute expansion project is about to kick off.

“The Gold Coast University Hospital will receive three new wards to provide 70 extra sub-acute beds to care for patients with complex behavioural issues.”

The purpose-built wards at the hospital will feature a geriatric evaluation and management unit, complex management unit, and memory support unit.

Early this year, Alder Construction will begin construction on the A$16.5m ($11.6m) emergency department extension at Robina Hospital, providing 20 more treatment rooms.

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D’Ath added: “The Emergency Department will be extended into the former transit lounge area to deliver 20 extra treatment spaces and additional procedure areas, which will improve patient flow and reduce waiting times.”

According to D’Ath, the work would shortly start for both projects.

Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said: “Investments like these are vital to ensure that the Gold Coast receives state-of-the-art facilities to support our fast-growing community.

“We are delivering A$1.6bn ($1.12bn) worth of health infrastructure projects for the growing Gold Coast community, which together will provide an extra 648 beds and will deliver healthcare services closer to home.”

In November last year, two construction contracts were awarded to advance the expansion of the Redland Hospital in Queensland, Australia.