A new Clinical Decision Unit for mental health at Logan Hospital will provide a dedicated space for patients attending Logan Hospital Emergency Department.
At the announcement last week, Minister for Health and Ambulance Services, Steven Miles MP, said the State Government had invested $1.5m for the construction of the space within the existing courtyard of the Emergency Department.
“This is an important initiative and one we have been working on with the leadership of Logan Hospital Emergency Department for some time,” the Minister said.
“The hospital’s location in one of Queensland’s largest growth corridors means demand for health services, including mental health will continue to grow.
“This dedicated space will enable mental health workers to deliver appropriate, safe and personalised treatment for patients who present to the Emergency Department experiencing a mental health crisis.
“This is great news for all Logan Hospital emergency patients as it will also take some load off the rest of the Emergency Department.”
Minister Miles said the dramatic population growth in the Logan area meant that expansion of the hospital was necessary to meet demand.
“This is why we are investing $280m to expand Logan Hospital with a detailed design phase already underway, with a view to commence construction from next year.
“This was an election commitment by the Labor government to expand bed capacity at Logan Hospital and we are delivering on that. I commend the doctors and nurses at Logan, and, in fact, across Metro South Health, who are doing a fantastic job,” the Minister said.
The new Clinical Decision Unit will undergo tender, design and build as soon as possible, with a view to operational commencement by the end of this year or early 2020.