Patients will have access to more health services with a significant redevelopment of Newcastle Private Hospital due to finish in August 2017.
The hospital is adding 244 extra car parks, 1000 square metres of consulting space, an extra operating theatre and a stand-alone 16 bed coronary care unit with a catheterisation laboratory to their existing site.
Newcastle Private Hospital Cardiologist, Dr Suku Thambar believes access to additional beds will be a huge benefit to the people in the region.
“The new facilities will complement Newcastle Private’s already high quality cardiology services and increase patient through-put.
“This development will enable more treatment that will enhance patient care,” said Dr Thambar.
In addition, the cath lab will take pressure off the public system, according to Cardiologist Dr Angela Worthington.
“There is a long waiting list for cardiac facilities and services. Until now, there has only been the one hospital in the Hunter Valley with all the ‘bells and whistles’, so to speak, in the one place.
“The new development means I can send all my patients who have private insurance to Newcastle Private Hospital to access care and services in the one location.
“Healthscope has done a great job listening to what their specialists ask for, and accommodating what they need,” said Dr Worthington.
Newcastle Private Hospital general manager, Michael Mitchell is excited about the development and what it will mean for patients.
“The inclusions will be state of the art and will enhance our existing services.
“This development is going to enable us to achieve good outcomes and do more good things for people, and we are looking forward to that,” said Mr Mitchell.
Newcastle Private Hospital is a 174 bed, acute private hospital facility co-located on the John Hunter campus at Rankin Park, it employs over 600 people and hosts 327 visiting specialists.