New year, new Figtree: The reinvention of a suburban hospital

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Figtree Private Hospital is treating the “new year, new me” shibboleth with great zest.

The Ramsay Health Care facility has undergone a stunning transformation, changing from a surgical hospital into a rehabilitation and medical facility.

The change follows the opening of Ramsay’s brand new Wollongong Private Hospital.

All surgical procedures and services previously offered at Figtree have been transferred to the new facility.

It means Figtree will dedicate its resources instead to guiding patients through the course of their rehabilitation.

“While the opening of the Wollongong Private Hospital has allowed us to better cater for the surgical, medical and obstetric demands of a growing population, it has also provided us with the unique opportunity to create a rehabilitation centre at Figtree Private Hospital,” Figtree Private Hospital chief executive Paul McKenna said.

Figtree has been caring for patients for 37 years and is one of three Ramsay-owned hospitals in the Illawarra region alongside Lawrence Hargrave Private Hospital and the new Wollongong Private.

Mr McKenna said the suburban hospital is being reinvented to expand Ramsay’s rehabilitation services and also to remain a convenient option for residents south of Wollongong’s central business district.

“…Our new facility will form part of an integrated health service offering provided by Ramsay Health Care in the Illawarra,” he said.

The suburban facility currently has 40 beds – 27 for medical care, 10 for in-patient rehabilitation and three for sleep studies. It is anticipated the hospital will have 68 beds by June when the surgical ward is redeveloped to reflect the new operations.

Mr McKenna said Figtree plans to offer a full range of specialist services including physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech pathology.

“We’ve already opened the new Rixon Ward, our former maternity beds have been turned into medical beds and we will continue to evolve over the next few years,” he said.

“It’s a marked investment in the future of Figtree Private Hospital that will also mean increased staffing numbers and easy access for patients to a raft of rehabilitation services under the one roof.

“We want people to know that Figtree has not closed its doors and will endeavour to offer state-of-the-art rehabilitation services for many decades to come.”

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