Access to emergency healthcare is now a lot easier for residents in Melbourne’s northeast with the opening of a new emergency department (ED).
Northpark Private Hospital’s new ED opened its doors for patients on Tuesday 29 November to help relieve the high demand for emergency healthcare in the area.
Tony Shaw, former Collingwood player and local businessman, officially opened the new level two ED on Friday 18 November and spoke about the importance of sustained healthcare of the community.
“We are lucky that today we open a brand new ED right here in our own backyard that supports our community in what can be the most stressful and delicate of times,” said Mr Shaw.
General Manager of Northpark Private Hospital, Simon Keating explained the importance of building services now that will benefit patients in both private and public hospitals in the northeast area of Melbourne.
“The Northpark Emergency Department will provide additional resources to support the public hospitals in our area, which are often at capacity.
“In the north of Melbourne the population is forecasted to grow over 228,000 residents by 2031, this requires us to build long term, sustainable health services now,” said Mr Keating.
Not only does the new ED provide better access to emergency healthcare for the public, it also has a new team ready to care for patients.
“We have a newly recruited, dedicated team of emergency medicine specialists, headed up by Associate Professor Biswadev (Dev) Mitra, who are all looking forward to begin treating members of our community,” said Mr Keating.
The new $3 million ED adds to the facilities 137 beds, five operating theatres and Northpark’s strong background in the delivery of medical and acute specialist care.