Q: What accommodation does Wishlist offer?
A: Wishlist offers three accommodation options for those needing to stay close to a Sunshine Coast hospital. Wishlist recently opened the six-bedroom, six-bathroom Wishlist House on Affinity Place in Birtinya – within walking distance to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH). Wishlist also offers self-contained units within the Reed House 20-unit complex in Nambour, and a two-bedroom apartment near SCUH thanks to a generous donor.
Q: Who can stay there?
A: Wishlist accommodation is available for patients, families and carers who need to stay close to hospital on the Sunshine Coast. All facilities provide a home away from home for both rural and remote Queenslanders, as well as locals.
Q: What disabled access does Wishlist accommodation offer?
A: Wishlist House closest to SCUH has a purpose-built wheelchair friendly bedroom and private disabled bathroom on the ground floor. Reed House closest to Nambour Hospital offers a self-contained apartment for special needs, as well as a lift and wheelchair access.
Q: Can I stay at Wishlist accommodation if I am undergoing chemotherapy treatment?
A: Yes, you are more than welcome to stay with us. Please bear in mind that our Reed House facility is better equipped for patients who may require chemotherapy spill kit and disposal management.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Our usual rate is $60 per night, however if you qualify for the Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme, this nightly charge will be covered by the scheme. We also offer fee exemptions for families who meet the criteria set by social workers within the Sunshine Coast Hospital Health Service.
Q: How can I get to SCUH if I’m staying at Reed House in Nambour?
A: Thanks to our wonderful volunteers, we offer a shuttle service for guests staying at Reed House who need to attend appointments or treatment at SCUH. Our volunteer driver will transport you to and from Reed House and also Nambour Railway Station if needed for travel.
Q: Why is accommodation so important to Wishlist?
A: Wishlist’s role since 1998 has been to make the hospital experience better for patient’s and their families. We do that to the tune of $1 million each year to fund vital medical equipment, support services like the local Clown Doctor service, staff education and research projects.
As the Sunshine Coast University Hospital is the region’s only tertiary hospital, many remote and regional families travel from Gympie and further north, as well as from central towns in Queensland, for medical treatment. At Wishlist, we feel it is important to offer ‘a home away from home’ to those who need it. We know that by providing affordable accommodation for families in a health crisis we’re lightening the load during a tough time.