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Tuesday, 19 February 2019
Page: 13892


Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt) (13:59): Recently I had the pleasure of opening the first multispeciality day hospital to be opened in Cairns in more than 20 years. The $5 million Far North Day Hospital includes two day-hospital operating theatres, and a third is planned for later this year. It offers urology; gynaecology; and dental, plastic and cosmetic surgical services, with endoscopy planned for later this year. It's expected to treat about 8,000 patients a year once the services come online.

The new facility is located in the heart of the CBD and will complement Cairns Day Surgery operating at Ramsay Health Care, which opened in 1996. This is a new state-of-the-art facility which will go a long way to easing the pressure and waiting times for our region. I want to give a big shout-out to Dr Garrath Evans, Dr Stefan Antoniou and Dr Philip Smith, along with their dedicated team of health professionals. There's little doubt that patients attending the Far North Day Hospital will receive the best possible care.

The SPEAKER: In accordance with standing order 43, the time for members' statements has concluded.