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Redlands Satellite Hospital, Talwalpin Milbul, will welcome its first patients next Monday 28 August following the official ribbon cutting at the new facility this week.
The Bayside’s newest healthcare facility will boost local healthcare services so more residents can get the care they need, closer to home.
Health Minister Shannon Fentiman and local MPs congratulated staff and met with some the facility’s first patients scheduled to attend the Kidney Dialysis Unit next week.
Redland Bay’s Neil Bullock said he currently travelled up to one hour each way to receive his care at Redland Hospital.
“I can’t tell you what it means to now be able to travel just one minute down the road for treatment,” he said.
The $43.8 million facility is the third Satellite Hospital to open its doors this year.
Earlier this month the facility’s co-name, Talwalpin Milbul, was announced in recognition of the region’s First Nations peoples.
The name, meaning Redland Bay Active/Alive in local Jandai language, was chosen in consultation with Traditional Owners, Elders and community members living in the Redlands and Minjerrabah (Stradbroke Island) region.
Metro South Health Chief Executive Noelle Cridland said today’s official ceremony was an exciting step forward in the Redlands Satellite Hospital journey.
“We are proud of the work we continue to do across Metro South Health to provide sustainable, culturally safe and responsive healthcare services, and to ensure our services are equitable and accessible for all people,” she said.
“The Metro South Health First Nations Health Equity Strategy addresses the need to redesign our health service to see more First Nations people employed across the system, listen to First Nations voices, and support a better integrated and coordinated system for First Nations peoples.
“We hope Talwalpin Milbul will be another step forward for our community and our valued relationships with local First Nations peoples, and we look forward to continuing our journey together to improve health outcomes for all.”