Whether you’re a recent arrival or a long-time local, being familiar with Sunshine Coast hospitals is essential in the event of an emergency – so who’s who?
In fifty short years, the Sunshine Coast region has grown from what was once a small beachside holiday destination, into Australia’s ninth largest city. Despite being a very popular tourist hotspot that attracts over three million visitors per annum, it’s also a region that many are looking to call home in the long term. So much so, that the ten year annual average population growth rate sits at 1.66%, compared to the 1.5% national rate.
While it’s the perfect destination if you’re a lover of the ocean or great outdoors, the Sunshine Coast has come leaps and bounds in terms of reinventing itself as a cosmopolitan hub that embraces the local art, dining and nightlife scenes. While the seaside hot spots of Maroochydore, Mooloolaba, Noosa or Caloundra are the places to go to if you want to have a bit of a party, there’s also plenty of hinterland escapes like Maleny, the Glasshouse Mountains, Yandina and Eumundi that are a world away from the buzzing beaches.
Needless to say, it’s no secret that Queensland is currently experiencing an interstate migration boom. The global pandemic has changed the way we work, live and play, and when compared to our southern neighbours, Queenslanders have had it relatively lax in terms of lockdowns and social distancing restrictions. Oddly enough, the biggest employer on the Sunshine Coast is the healthcare industry. With over 16% of the region’s population working within this field, this may help to explain the world class quality care available in the major Sunshine Coast hospitals and their related specialities.
An Introduction To Sunshine Coast Hospitals
In the event that you or someone you love needs urgent medical attention in this part of Queensland, there’s a high chance that you will come across one of the major Sunshine Coast hospitals. While there are a number of public and private hospitals that service the Sunshine Coast region, let’s explore the medical care that they provide and specialise in.
Sunshine Coast University Hospital – Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) is a tertiary and teaching hospital servicing all parts of the Sunshine Coast and Gympie regions. SCUH saw its first patients on 21 March 2017 and opened with approximately 450 beds. In line with the Sunshine Coast’s rapid growth, SCUH has plans to grow to 738 beds by 2021.
Nambour General Hospital – NGH has a proud history of providing services to the Sunshine Coast community since the 1920’s and until the recent opening of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, it was the primary referral centre and largest hospital in the region. Nambour General Hospital is undergoing an $86 million redevelopment to better service the community.
Maleny Soldiers Memorial Hospital – As a rural facility providing services to the Maleny region, services include accident and 24 hour emergency department. The Maleny Soldiers Memorial Hospital has a fully functional sub-acute rehabilitation unit, with a primary focus on and proven record regarding it’s world class patient outcomes.
Gympie Hospital – Gympie Hospital’s Maternity and Women’s Health Unit offers an extended midwifery service to new mums in the Gympie, Cooloola and Kilkivan areas. A four-bed acute stroke unit has also been established within the Gympie Hospital, to enhance a patient’s access to appropriate clinical services and increase the number of patients the hospital can care for.
Caloundra Health Service – Although technically not classed as one of the Sunshine Coast hospitals, the Caloundra Health Service is the hub for the region’s palliative care and ophthalmology services. A Minor Injury and Illness Clinic also operates at Caloundra Health Service for non life threatening conditions.
Needless to say, if you find yourself in the event where you need access to state of the art healthcare on the Sunshine Coast, you’re in good hands – but what if you want to be one of the ones administering that care?
Pursuing A Medical Career On The Sunshine Coast
If you’re on the hunt for GP or doctor roles in the Sunshine State, there’s a chance that you’ll either want to work a little, a lot – or something in between. Sunshine Coast based doctor jobs with House Call Doctor offer flexibility, with shifts that fit around your current workload, personal commitments, or even just lifestyle preferences.
Whether you’re looking to travel, increase your earning potential, gain experience, or even just have a desire for greater job satisfaction, moving to the Gold Coast paired with a career with House Call Doctor could be the answer that you’ve been looking for.
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- An Australian or Internationally Trained Medical Graduate
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If you can answer yes to all of the above, then why not consider registering your interest for doctor jobs with House Call Doctor today, and be a part of the medical revolution.