The first sod of earth has been turned on the site of Ramsay Health Care Australia’s newest private hospital, which will be part of an ambitious $2 billion urban renewal project in Melbourne’s northern suburbs.
The $133 million Northern Private Hospital will be a 126-bed facility, with four operating theatres, a cardiac catheter lab, three inpatient wards and a day oncology centre.
Ramsay Health Care’s State Manager for Victoria, Austin Wills, said the state-of-the-art hospital would cater for the diverse needs of the growing community at New Epping.
“Northern Private Hospital will provide an important boost to healthcare services, because not only is this one of the fastest-growing areas in Australia, it’s also the last major growth corridor in Victoria without a private hospital,” Mr Wills said.
“As Australia’s largest private hospital operator, Ramsay Health Care is looking forward to playing a greater role in providing vital healthcare to residents in this region.”
The area’s only other private facility, Epping Private Hospital, had been shut until reopening in late 2020 to care for elderly COVID-19 patients – its long-term future remains uncertain.
The Northern Private Hospital development is part of a $2 billion master planned community rehabilitating the site of the old Epping Quarry, with 151 affordable housing residences plus other residential and commercial projects.
It will be connected via a link bridge to the existing public Northern Hospital, making it the only co-located private hospital in the area.
The New Epping community will be developed over a 10-15-year period, while Northern Private Hospital is due to be completed in September 2023.
“Ramsay Health Care has a 57-year history of leading the way in Australia’s private healthcare sector,” Mr Wills said.
“Our patients at Northern Private will be able to access a broad range of treatments across a multitude of specialties.”