The state Government of Queensland in Australia has completed the A$16.5m ($10.8m) project to expand Robina Hospital.  

This expansion adds another 20 emergency treatment spaces to the public hospital that serves the southern suburbs of Gold Coast in Queensland. 

It increases the hospital’s emergency department (ED) treatment space count to 66.

The new spaces, which operate 24/7 to provide free, walk-in care, will complement the existing ED and serve around 120 patients daily. This is said to cut down emergency care waiting period and enhance the overall patient flow. 

Queensland Health Minister Shannon Fentiman said: “The Robina Hospital has one of the busiest EDs in the state and this expansion will provide a significant boost in care for the community.” 

According to the Queensland government, the focus of the new treatment spaces will be on managing less acute injuries and illnesses.  

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In addition to the treatment spaces, the expansion included addition of new staff workstations and a new location for the transfer unit. 

The hospital is currently in the process of hiring nearly 126 full-time employees and allied health staff, including doctors, nurses, and pharmacists.

The latest expansion forms part of the state government’s A$14bn Health Big Build, under the state’s Big Build initiative. 

The Health Big Build plan is set to provide over 3,300 more hospital beds, with 199 beds delivered in 2023 and 239 targeted this year. 

Robina Hospital deputy medical director Michael Aitken said: “The additional ED treatment spaces will allow us to better triage and manage cases according to their urgency, ensuring all patients receive appropriate and timely care. 

“The recruitment of an additional 126 full-time employees, including support services, enables the 24/7 operation of the additional 20 treatment spaces.” 

In September last year, the Queensland government launched Ormeau Ambulance Station to improve emergency medical services around the northern Gold Coast area.