Emergency department open after redevelopment

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A redeveloped emergency department, one of Australia’s biggest, is set to open on the Gold Coast.

Pindara Private Hospital will unveil its new emergency department (ED) and the South Coast Radiology Pindara facility on Friday 2 December after a 12 month redevelopment process.

Marked as stage three of a four stage redevelopment master plan, the new $12 million ED is now a 27 bed facility and is fitted out with the latest technology and equipment including cardiac monitoring capabilities for all acute beds and the latest bedside ultrasound equipment.

Pindara Private Hospital CEO Trish Hogan said Pindara provides world-class facilities and services to the Gold Coast Community.

“This latest development means that we now have a 24 hour accident and emergency centre that is world-class and that can support the thriving local community,” said Mrs Hogan.

Emergency Medicine Group Member, Dr Paul Pluss said the whole family can now be catered for thanks to the new spacious treatment bays and waiting lounge.

“The patients waiting lounge is more comfortable with an interactive children’s entertainment area which compliments the separate nested paediatric emergency area with its restful and distracting animal murals,” he said.

A new edition to the ED is the clock showing wait times, which is updated in real time and is displayed in the waiting room and on the hospital’s website.

“We still, however, make sure we are not rushing you out of the department before a proper assessment has been made and each bed has its own TV so that loved ones can feel as comfortable as possible,” said Dr Pluss.

Queensland Shadow Minister for Health and Ambulance Services John-Paul Langbroek MP, will unveil the redevelopment.

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