Queensland hospital hits expansion milestone

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The first stage of John Flynn Private Hospital’s $60 million redevelopment project has been completed with the arrival of the first doctor at the newly-built specialist centre.

Dr Hugh Won from the Leg Bones Clinic christened the building, which can house 21 specialist practices.

“The newly fitted-out premises has improved patient care and will facilitate the future growth of the clinic,” Dr Won said.

The Tugun-based hospital, which in 2018 celebrated its 25th anniversary, has major expansion plans for the next 18 months. It aims to capitalise on the population boom in the southern Gold Coast and Northern Rivers region.

It will install a state-of-the-art PET scanner – which can detect cancers, heart disease and brain disorders – two new operating theatres, an additional 30-bed ward and seven new emergency bays.

In the longer term, another 24 specialist suites will be built over the next few years.

Two existing units inside John Flynn Private Hospital have now re-opened after a makeover as part of the redevelopment.

The renal unit has been relocated alongside the day oncology unit, whose capacity has been doubled with an extra 10 chairs. Their new proximity is intended to help patients who regularly visit the hospital.

“They are both areas that have patients coming for treatment on a daily, or twice weekly basis, so they’re very similar in the way they operate and there’s lots of synergies that can be gained by having them co-located,” hospital CEO Greg Jenke said.

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