They started as a pile of papers on chief executive Peter Johnson’s desk, but the documents outlining a $2.6 million expansion of Mayo Private Hospital are now mounted proudly on a corridor wall for all to see.
They are the catalyst for the many conversations Mr Johnson has recently had.
Doctors, staff and members of the community want to hear more about the Healthe Care Australia master plan that will see big dollars invested over time to expand health services in the Manning Valley.
Mr Johnson is more than happy to oblige as he seeks to share the good news about planned future growth.
“If we are going to grow and have more doctors on the site then we have to change,” Mr Johnson told Manning River Times.
Change is happening fast. Stage one of the expansion is expected to be completed by the end of next year.
It will include a new specialist centre and an additional 42 parking spaces.
“This will be a positive building. It gives us space to expand for new doctors, better services for people who don't need to go into hospital but need to see a doctor to have a test, such as a stress echo or lung function test – that will all be positioned in that building,” Mr Johnson said.
The new building will be connected to the existing hospital.
Specialists who currently have rooms within the hospital will be relocated to the new facility – a shift that will allow the space they vacant to be transformed into a “state-of-the-art” 20-bed rehabilitation unit.
“To do state-of-the-art rehabilitation it is ideal to provide people with their own unit, activity and daily living areas such as a kitchen and gymnasium,” Mr Johnson said.
“Our unit will have that and two larger rooms to provide facilities for the rehabilitation for spinal patients.”
The expansion will see an increase in space allocated to medical consulting rooms, with the area expected to jump from about 460 square metres to more than 1,000 square metres.
Construction of the project is due to start mid-2016.
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