A new hospital for Melbourne’s southern and peninsula communities will fill a gap in patient access to private health care, in a growing region says Healthscope Chair Paula Dwyer.
She joined Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt to officially open the new Frankston Private Hospital this week.
“Our vision for Frankston Private Hospital was to create a state-of-the-art, dedicated private acute healthcare facility that can grow with the increasing demand placed on local healthcare services,” Ms Dwyer said.
“Servicing a growing population, Frankston Private Hospital has the capacity to grow to meet demand, ensuring that residents of Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula have dedicated, quality healthcare, close to home, for many years to come,” said Ms Dwyer.
Minister Hunt said the state of the art hospital would provide quality care to patients in the South East region of Melbourne.
“The hospital is well-placed to provide an exceptional health service to meet the healthcare needs of local residents.
“Frankston Private will form part of the Frankston Health and Education Precinct, which incorporates Frankston Public Hospital and Monash University and provides vital training to our future doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals.
“The Government is committed to providing a mixed model of private and public health services to all Australians, bringing them choice and encouraging innovation in health care services,” Minister Hunt said.
Ms Dwyer said the hospital builds on Healthscope’s commitment to invest in private healthcare for the community.
“Healthscope has committed $1.2 billion to an investment pipeline that will further grow our capacity to deliver dedicated healthcare to Australians,” said Ms Dwyer
The facility, acquired by Healthscope in 2014, was previously two separate day procedure facilities.
Frankston Private Hospital is a 101 overnight and day patient-bed hospital with five operating theatres and a state-of-the-art day infusion and oncology centre.
Ms Dwyer said with the new Holmesglen Private Hospital and now Frankston Private Hospital, private patients in Melbourne’s bayside down to the southern peninsula and across to the Greater Dandenong, Casey and Monash areas will have closer access to healthcare.
Frankston Private Hospital provides a range of specialist services including orthopaedics, urology, general surgery and endoscopy, gynaecology, ophthalmology, minor plastics, oral maxillofacial and dental surgery along with oncology, medical and pain management.