Sunshine Coast Health Service chief executive, Adjunct Professor Naomi Dwyer at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.
Sunshine Coast Health Service chief executive, Adjunct Professor Naomi Dwyer at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. John McCutcheon

Fast rail gathers a healthy support group

A FASTER transport system would be welcomed by health professionals and services on the Coast, according to Sunshine Coast Hospital CEO Naomi Dwyer.

Health Service Adjunct Professor Dwyer said a quicker travel option, like the proposed North Coast Connect fast rail project, would make it easier for patients to access services.

"With the opening of Sunshine Coast University Hospital in March last year, fewer patients have to travel to Brisbane for complex treatment," Professor Dwyer said.

"Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service has plans in place to further expand service at SCUH up to 2021.

"We'd certainly welcome any mode of transport which made travel for our patients and community easier."

Fairfax MP Ted O'Brien said he was passionate about delivering better health services to the Coast and the project was a step in the right direction.

"My vision for the Sunshine Coast is for it to be the healthiest place on Earth," he said.

"For me the fast rail is the single most important infrastructure aspect that could deliver on that broader vision.

"It would enable patients to get to and from key health precincts with ease, particularly those who find it difficult to drive."



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