Ipswich is one of the fastest-growing areas in Australia – and its leading private hospital is keeping pace with demand for its services by launching another major expansion project.
St Andrew’s Ipswich Private Hospital is set for a $40.5 million redevelopment, owner Ramsay Health Care Australia has announced.
The project will include two new operating theatres, 39 extra beds and expanded renal dialysis and radiology services.
Hospital CEO Claire Thurwood said the expansion was great news for the people of the south-east Queensland region.
“We are so excited to announce this expansion because Ipswich is one of the fastest-growing areas in Australia, so it makes sense that residents should be able to access the full suite of medical care close to home,” Ms Thurwood said.
“As well as expanding our private healthcare offerings, this project also allows us to broaden our renal dialysis unit for public patients, which means we can further support the West Moreton Health Service by almost doubling the number of patients treated for kidney disease.”
Construction on the new development is set to begin in late 2021, and is due for completion in June 2023.
The announcement came just weeks after the hospital's vascular services were boosted by the arrival of Dr Ramesh Tripathi and Dr Ian Campbell, joining Dr Maged Aziz in the expanded unit.
Dr Tripathi performed the first Endovascular Repair (EVAR) surgery at St Andrew’s Ipswich Private Hospital in late August – the minimally-invasive procedure via groin incisions avoids the need for abdominal surgery to treat the aneurysm.
St Andrew's Ipswich Private Hospital embarked on another major redevelopment in 2015, with the three-year, $64 million project nearly doubling its capacity and providing the region's first private emergency centre.
It has also recently invested in the latest robot technologies to boost its urology and orthopaedic services, meaning Ipswich residents no longer need to travel to Brisbane for specialist treatment.