Pindara Private Hospital has turned the first sod to mark the commencement of Stage 2 — the next stage of its development
Pindara Private Hospital is set to grow to a 316 bed private hospital next year, following a decision by Ramsay Health Care this week to commence the next stage of development at this premier Gold Coast hospital.
The development costing over $30 million will see a further 56 private patient rooms added to the facility making it one of the Coast’s largest private hospitals.
With increasing demand for surgery, the development will also include two new operating theatres and an expansion of support services. It is planned that one of the theatres will be a hybrid theatre allowing for traditional surgery to be conducted in conjunction with state-of-the-art imaging.
This is the second major development to take place on the campus following the opening of stage one in December 2010 and follows the purchase of extra land to enable the expansion. It is part of a master plan for the campus which will see the hospital grow to over 470 beds including the conversion of existing accommodation to 100% private rooms.
Ramsay Health Care CEO Chris Rex said this next stage of development would bring the hospital one step closer to Ramsay’s overall vision for the Pindara campus. “Pindara Private Hospital is one of Ramsay’s flagship hospitals. The clinical services at this hospital are second to none and with the support of new services and state-of-the-art equipment it is providing a premier healthcare service to the Gold Coast community,” Mr Rex said.
“Ramsay’s ongoing investment in increased bed and theatre capacity at this hospital will provide the necessary infrastructure for us to better service the growing healthcare needs of the Gold Coast community. “We are also very pleased to be investing in a project that will inject funds into the local economy and create jobs on the Gold Coast.”
The new 56 beds will be established in a new wing over two levels on Allchurch Avenue. One of the new wards will be dedicated to neurosurgery, a specialty in which Pindara has established a strong reputation.
Pindara Private CEO Trish Hogan said the new development would be welcomed by the staff and doctors. “Since the completion of our stage one development and the introduction of new services like neurosurgery and paediatric surgery, Pindara has continued to go from strength-to-strength. These new facilities will further enhance the services we can provide to the community,” Ms Hogan said.
“We are particularly excited to be putting in a hybrid theatre as part of this next stage of development. This is a relatively new concept in operating theatres and puts together all of the imaging facilities that are traditionally in a catheter laboratory with what is used in a traditional operating theatre. Construction is expected to commence in May 2013 with a 14 month construction timeframe leading to completion of the development in August 2014.