$30m revamp gives ‘power’ to patients

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John Flynn Private Hospital’s $30 million ‘P.O.W.E.R.’ redevelopment is now complete, bringing cutting-edge healthcare to people in the southern Gold Coast and northern New South Wales regions.

The Tugun-based facility’s expanded services include 30 extra private rooms, two operating theatres, a doubling of emergency department capacity, 116 car parks, plus new imaging and renal dialysis facilities.

“The ED expansion, increased theatre capacity and the extra ward give us the opportunity to treat more patients, more quickly and we have better options for our surgeons,” hospital CEO Adam Stevenson said.

“The facilities are right up to date with the most modern technology, it’s all brand new and obviously we have great medical coverage – it really is a wonderful environment,” he added.

Started in 2018, the project was completed sooner than originally planned, by using existing space under the original buildings rather than constructing from scratch.

Its title is an acronym representing the hospital’s five major upgrades: PET scanner, operating theatres, ward, emergency department and renal dialysis.

South Coast Radiology’s new state-of-the-art Digital PET scanner is the first of its kind in Queensland and a first for any private imaging operator in Australia. The company will also run John Flynn’s new nuclear medicine department.

The two new operating theatres will help to reduce surgery waiting times and increase convenience for patients and doctors, while the new ward will create 30 private single-bed rooms.

The emergency department now has 14 bays and four associated rooms. Its patients will no longer have to pay out-of-pocket costs for medical imaging services at John Flynn, thanks to a partnership with South Coast Radiology.

The new renal dialysis unit, meanwhile, has been moved from the main building to the John Flynn Cancer Centre, meaning it is now co-located with the new day oncology unit.

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