The Gold Coast’s first new private hospital in more than 20 years is nearing completion, and last week expectant mothers were given a grand tour of the maternity ward.
Gold Coast Private Hospital is set to open on March 12 and general manager David Harper gave local mums a preview of what they can expect at the new Healthscope facility.
Mr Harper described the hospital as “a world-class facility” that would “set a new benchmark in the standard of care for the city”.
His description seems to have resonated, with two caesarean births already booked in for March 14.
The impressive ward features 25 private antenatal and post-natal rooms with double or single beds, five birth suites, a birthing bath, a nursery, on-demand menu for mums and a celebratory a la carte three-course dinner for parents.
The new hospital is the replacement facility for the ageing Allamanda Private Hospital. All staff and patients from Allamanda will be transferred to the new 284-bed Gold Coast Private Hospital on March 12.
Mr Harper said both facilities had been working closely with Ambulance, Police and Fire services to ensure all patients are moved on the one day.
“We will open the new hospital from 6am and Allamanda will continue to operate during the move process,” Mr Harper said.
“Every patient will be moved in the one day and we will close Allamanda once the last patient is transferred.”
Mr Harper said “every scenario has been taken into account” from patients’ clinical conditions to emergency situations, with a management plan for patient numbers worked out “down to the minute” to ensure the building is vacated in one day.
Two intensive care departments will operate throughout the day to cover both locations.
Most of the equipment to be used at Gold Coast Private Hospital is new. Some items have already been purchased and have been used already at Allamanda to train staff.
“We want this to be a geographical move only, so our strategy ensures staff are all familiar with the equipment and not trying to learn right after relocating,” Mr Harper said.
“Examples include the surgical robot and endoscopy equipment — $5 million worth of investment — which staff have been using since last year.”
The 284-bed hospital will have 13 theatres, a 24-hour emergency care centre, oncology, paediatrics, cardiology and rehabilitation.
Mr Harper said the hospital’s design allows for expansion. He said stage two of the construction would begin later this year, with plans in place for a 400-bed facility.
“The hospital has been designed to expand to care for future growth, with wards already planned where there will be minimal building disruptions yet an ease of patient flow when they open by the end of 2017,” he said.
Ramsay Health Care, which runs Gold Coast private hospitals Pindara and John Flynn, has signed a 20-year lease in April for the Allamanda premises. The facility is set to be replaced by a 160-bed mental health facility.