Wishlist Centre one step closer for families

FOR the families of loved ones seeking treatment at Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH), affordable accommodation and complementary therapies is one step closer, with the construction of the Australian-first facility, Wishlist Centre, powering ahead.

Wishlist Centre, which is located directly opposite the hospital on the corner of Eccles Boulevard and Bright Place, Birtinya, will provide 18 transitionary care accommodation rooms to support patients and their families whilst having ongoing treatment at SCUH, as well as a space for cancer support services, a low or no-cost GP service, youth mental health programs and more.

Works are this week ramping up, with the Birtinya construction site abuzz with trades as they look to complete installation of the build’s level three suspended slab. Stage One is expected to be open in July.

Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said construction was in full swing with the roof expected to be installed in mid-March.

“We can’t wait for Wishlist Centre to open because we know how crucial that circle-of-care is, and how being close to a hospital during or after a medical crisis is critical to enhancing a patient’s wellbeing,” Ms Rowe said.

The four-level $14 million Wishlist Centre (Stage One) is supported by a $12 million Federal Government grant through the Australian Government’s Department of Health, Community Health and Hospital Program, secured by Federal Member for Fisher, Andrew Wallace, and $2 million donated by local philanthropists Roy and Nola Thompson.

Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace said this week was a milestone week for the vital health facility, which he described as the “missing piece in the puzzle” to delivering a world-class health hub on the Sunshine Coast.

“It will fill an urgent gap by providing affordable accommodation for patients of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) and their families,” Mr Wallace said.