St Andrew’s Ipswich Private Hospital is set to double in size as part of a multi-million dollar expansion project.
The Ramsay Health Care-owned facility will double its capacity with the addition of 99 beds after Ipswich City Council approved a development application.
The final plans and funding of the project now await the final tick of approval from Ramsay’s board.
Ipswich Councillor Paul Tully said the boost in services was necessary, with the area’s population set to increase in the next few years.
“This development ensures as the population of Ipswich grows, our health services are growing and keeping pace with demand,” Councillor Tully said.
"We have exceeded a population of 190,000 and Ipswich is on track to exceed 200,000 in the next two years.”
St Andrew’s has cared for patients since 1909. It has undergone numerous changes during its existence and is currently a 97-bed facility.
The proposed development includes significant changes to the existing hospital building. There are also plans to build two new four storey facilities close by.
The hospital will boast 196 beds when the development is complete.
"[The] development will bring 99 extra ward beds, more single rooms, refitted hospital departments, a new hospital entry courtyard and lobby with pedestrian entries … and an emergency department with ambulance access…," Councillor Tully said.
A new car park will be constructed to handle the increase in patient and visitor numbers. The proposed multi-storey facility will add 113 new spaces, taking the total number of car spaces at the hospital to 231.
Councillor Andrew Antoniolli said the addition of new beds will make St Andrew’s a more attractive option for people in the area.
“The hospital already offers a substantial range of services including six fully equipped theatres, day surgery admissions and a rehabilitation unit,” he said.
“More beds closer to home means more patients needing short and long-term care will no longer have to travel away from their family to receive treatment”.