Hospital celebrates significant patient milestone

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The Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital (SCUPH) is celebrating a major patient milestone just two and a bit years after opening its doors.

This month the Ramsay Health Care facility announced it had treated its 50,000th patient.

It’s an impressive milestone for any hospital, but even more so for one that’s less than 900 days old.

Even the hospital’s staff are surprised by the “exceptional” performance since it opened in November 2013.

“We are averaging 2,000 patients each month,” a hospital spokeswoman said. “Those 2,000 patients no longer have to travel to Brisbane for complex treatment or wait for extended lengths of time to see a specialist.”

Robert Rowntree is one of those patients and he only has praise for the staff and service at SCUPH.

Mr Rowntree experienced “serious pains” last November and was rushed to Caloundra Hospital. He was transferred to SCUPH for surgery that same day and has been in and out of the facility ever since.

“In the last four months I’ve been in there six times,” he said. “I’ve only had great service.”

“The whole organisation is fantastic. From the very helpful and considerate staff at the reception desk, to the nurses who come and meet and greet you before you go into theatre.”

Mr Rowntree, who is originally from the UK, was also impressed with the way they “wrap you up in a nice dressing gown” before surgery.

He said everyone should be grateful to have a service like this on their doorstep.

“I tell you, we didn’t get this kind of service in the UK.”

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