Chatswood Private Hospital emerges as a national leader

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A new private hospital on Sydney’s north shore has solidified the area’s reputation as a national leader in the treatment of patients with ear, nose, throat (ENT) and eye conditions.

Chatswood Private Hospital became Sydney’s only dedicated private hospital for such procedures when it opened to the public last week.

The hospital is the newest facility from PresMed Australia, which has a long history in Chatswood.

The hospital operator opened Ophthalmic Surgery Centre in 1997, and two years later it established Sydney ENT and Facial Day Surgery Centre.

Chatswood Private Hospital has strengthened Chatswood’s reputation as a national leader in the area of ear, nose, throat and eye surgery.

Those facilities have now been amalgamated under the name of the new Chatswood Private Hospital.

PresMed Australia managing director Marc Resnik said the decision had helped cement the north shore suburb as a “destination for medical excellence”.

“Our medical specialists have been operating in separate facilities in Chatswood for the past 20 years,” Mr Resnik said. “They will now perform the most advanced procedures in our state-of-the-art hospital.

“Ophthalmic Surgery Centre was reaching full capacity so we needed to expand and develop a new private eye hospital to cater for demand. An exciting opportunity then arose for Sydney ENT to merge into the new hospital to create Sydney’s leading eye and ENT private hospital.”

The new hospital has undergone a $10 million fitout which includes six operating theatres and the latest technology to cater for day surgery patients as well as other procedures.

Dr Ray Sacks, pictured here with his team of assistants, was the first ENT surgeon to perform surgery at the new hospital.

Dr Ray Sacks, pictured here with his team of assistants, was the first ENT surgeon to perform surgery at the new hospital.

PresMed chief executive Roger Cronin said the surgical procedures offered at the hospital are “characterised by rapid developments in technologies which continuously improve patient outcomes”.

The introduction of femtocataract laser-assisted cataract surgery at Chatswood Private is one such example.

In laser cataract surgery, a surgeon creates precise and reproducible incisions of a patients’ eye using an advanced laser image system. Under the traditional procedure, surgeons are required to manually create incisions.

“The new eye and ENT hospital will represent an unsurpassed level of care in Sydney,” Mr Cronin said.

3-year-old Ethan was the first patient admitted for day surgery at the new Chatswood Private Hospital.

3-year-old Ethan was the first patient admitted for day surgery at the new Chatswood Private Hospital.

“Local ophthalmologists and ENT surgeons [have access to]the latest technology to undertake the full spectrum of eye surgery and ENT procedures for both adults and children,” he said.

Willoughby Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney said the hospital will attract visitors to the area.

“The new hospital will be a great addition to, and complement the existing medical services currently available in the Chatswood and Willoughby area,” she said. “The services will not only benefit our residents, but also our CBD workers, and will attract people from further afield to Chatswood.”

The hospital’s grand opening is scheduled to take place on 1 February.

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