Ramsay Health Care Australia is pushing ahead with plans to expand Cairns Private Hospital after purchasing land near the facility.
The Far North Queensland hospital's executive team has secured a deal with Cairns Baptist Church for land adjacent to its present site.
Under the purchase agreement, the church will lease the property back from the hospital for up to two years, giving it time to relocate to new facilities while still being able to continue its presence in the local community.
Cairns Private Hospital CEO Ben Tooth said it was Ramsay’s first land purchase in the region since The Cairns Clinic was bought a decade ago.
“This is a really exciting development for the Cairns community because the land is directly adjacent to Cairns Private Hospital, allowing us to expand our critical services in the future,” he said.
“We will undertake a master planning process to determine the key infrastructure required and I expect that’s likely to include additional theatres and bed capacity.
“It shows Ramsay Health Care is committed to Far North Queensland and I look forward to working with the community as we plan for the future healthcare needs of our region.”
Ramsay Health Care has operated Cairns Private Hospital since 2002, expanding the facility to include 150 in-patient beds, a cardiac catheter lab, the after-hours general practitioner clinic and Cairns day surgery.
It also provides comprehensive mental health services to the community at Ramsay Clinic Cairns (previously The Cairns Clinic) located in Sheridan Street.
Ramsay Health Care, Australia’s largest private hospital operator with 72 facilities, is committed to further developing its high-quality patient facilities and services to meet the needs of patients in Far North Queensland.