Logan Hospital expansion
Logan Hospital is the major health centre for one of the fastest growing regions in the state, providing acute medical, surgical, rehabilitation, maternity, cardiology, orthopaedic, renal and other specialty services for children and adults.
Building Queensland has identified the Logan Hospital’s services and physical infrastructure are insufficient to meet existing and future demand of the Logan community (Infrastructure Pipeline Report – June 2018).
Despite a planned expansion of Logan Hospital, Metro South Health and Hospital Service’s modelling shows a projected bed shortage of 103 beds by 2021-22, 262 beds by 2026-27 and 391 beds by 2031-32.
Logan City Council has also commissioned health demand modelling that shows the projected demand for acute hospital care to service Logan’s growing population indicates a shortage of more than 500 beds by 2020 (Business Case for Health and Medical Investment – 31 May 2018).
The need to expand the Logan Hospital is being driven by a growing and ageing population. The current capacity constraints are creating extended emergency department and outpatient waiting times, emergency department overcrowding and delays in providing care.
See below for government responses to date.
- A detailed business case to evaluate the expansion of the Logan Hospital, including the delivery of at least 192 beds as promised before the election, to be delivered as soon as possible (this is being developed by Building Queensland)
- Future planning by the Queensland Government for health services in the Meadowbrook precinct more broadly, including the provision of private, public and specialist health
- Logan Hospital’s physical infrastructure and services are insufficient to meet existing demand, while projected bed shortages could be as high as more than 500 by 2020.
- Logan’s growing community needs access to efficient and quality health care services.
- Increased service access at Logan Hospital
- Shorter wait times and improved operational and clinical performance
- Reduced reliance on emergency department short-stay beds
- Improved facilities and health care services
- Healthcare delivered closer to home
- The emergency department is one of the busiest in the state, seeing more than 89,000 presentations each year. It was also recently reported as the state’s worst performing emergency department:
- 7 out of 10 patients with life threating conditions wait longer than the recommended 10 minutes before being seen by a doctor or nurse
- 4 out of 10 patients have to wait on ambulance stretchers for more than half an hour before they are admitted, which is double the state average.
- The facility currently contains 436 beds and treatment spaces and the catchment is due to increase to 406,560 by 2026-27, an increase of 87,712 from 2014. The number of residents aged over 70 will increase by almost 86 per cent over this period.
- Demand for maternity services at the hospital has increased by 44 per cent in the past five years, driven by high population growth rates and high fertility rates in the region.
- Other issues include:
- significant future car park shortages for staff and visitors to the hospital, as well as the wider precinct, which includes Loganlea railway station
- limited pedestrian access to train station and adjacent sites
- limited amenities provided on site for staff, patients and visitors
- need for operational funding, as well as for physical infrastructure
- road corridor issues.
- March 2017: The Queensland Government 2016-17 Budget included $5 million to construct up to 500 additional car spaces on the adjoining TAFE Loganlea campus to help ease car parking issues at the Logan Hospital. This car park opened in August 2018, providing 655 car parks and 12 motorcycle bays.
- September 2017: A new $7.5 million short stay intervention unit was opened at the Logan Hospital’s mental health unit, providing 13 new beds and 35 new staff.
- November 2017: A state election commitment from the Queensland Labor Party included a $281 million upgrade for the Logan Hospital to deliver 192 new beds, 51 additional treatment spaces and an upgraded maternity unit.
- May 2018: As part of the 2018-19 Budget, the Queensland Government announced Logan would benefit from a $679 million investment into three South East Queensland hospitals. This would include $281.2 million for the hospital’s redevelopment and $12.6 million to redevelop the maternity ward. This would bring the number of beds to 655 beds and treatment spaces.
- June 2018: Building Queensland says it is finalising the business case for the Logan Hospital expansion, working closely with the Department of Health and Metro South Hospital and Health Service to ensure the detailed business case meets all relevant requirements under the Business Case Development Framework.
- November 2018: Council wrote to the Hon Steven Miles MP, Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services, in November 2018. In the letter, Acting Mayor Cherie Dalley sought an update on the Logan Hospital Expansion Business Case, and requested the Queensland Government also plan more broadly to ensure there is provision for a growth in public, private and specialist healthcare to meet the increasing needs of our city’s already under-serviced community. Council is awaiting a response.
- February 2019: The Hon. Steven Miles MP, Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services, responded to the Acting Mayor’s letter of November 2018 (above). The Minister re-iterated the funding already committed to the Logan Hospital mentioned above, and reconfirmed more recent announcements:
- $1.5m to deliver a Mental Health Clinical Decision Unit in the Emergency Department (announced 11 January 2019)
- Rapid expansion of the Emergency Department to help manage growing demand ahead of the full redevelopment. This will involve high-tech ready-made wards, fitted out with plumbing, medical gases, clinical lighting and nurses’ stations, delivering up to 27 additional beds in a new transit care hub and sub-acute ward (announced 9 February 2019).
- In the letter, the Minister also stated the detailed business for the $281.2m Logan Hospital expansion was expected to be finalised by mid-2019, and that car parking requirements for the Logan Hospital campus were also being considered in detail and would be addressed via a separate planning and business case process.
Find out more:
- Logan Hospital – Metro South Health
Infrastructure Pipeline Report – December 2017 (Building Queensland)
- Infrastructure Pipeline Report – June 2018 (Building Queensland)
- Business Case for Health and Medical Investment – May 2018 (Logan City Council) https://www.logan.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/482301/Business-Case-for-Health-and-Investment-City-of-Logan.pdf
- Palaszczuk Government’s record health budget