THINGS appear to be moving along nicely with the construction of the Gold Coast’s newest Private Hospital.
The $230 million Healthscope operated hospital will replace the Allamanda, which is 35 years old. The new hospital is being built on Parklands Drive. It is co-located with the new Gold Coast University Hospital at Parklands, Southport, and forms part of the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct.
General Manager David Harper said Mayor Tom Tate will sign the final concrete slab before it is hoisted into place on the fourth and final level.
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The Mayor will join State Member for Southport Rob Molhoek and several other VIPs from Queensland Health, Healthscope, the Allamanda Medical Advisory Committee and Watpac to mark the significant milestone.
Since construction began in October 2013, the site has had two large cranes and more than 150 workers keeping the building on schedule for completion in October 2015.
Mr Harper said they will accept their first patient in March 2016. He explained that the reason for the change is that they have outgrown the old site and need to include some more services and grow.
Construction is tracking ahead of schedule on the Gold Coast’s biggest private hospital development in more than two decades. Below is an artist’s impression of what the reception area may look like.
The new hospital will open with 284 beds and 13 theatres with the ability to expand to 400 and 21 in line with demand. It will include a 24 hour Emergency Care Centre, cardiac catheterisation lab and a hybrid theatre, intensive care, maternity, paediatrics and special care nursery and the site will be supported by providers of imaging, pharmacy and pathology services.