The Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct will be boosted by the completion of the new Gold Coast Private Hospital which is on track to open in March next year.
The hospital, operated by leading healthcare provider Healthscope, will combine with the Gold Coast University Hospital and Griffith University to deliver state-of-the-art medical and education services to the Gold Coast and broader south east Queensland community.
Construction on the $230 million private hospital is earmarked for completion in December before it opens its doors to patients in March, becoming the new facility for Allamanda which will relocate all its staff and services.
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Allamanda general manager David Harper said the Gold Coast Private would lift the standard of health care on the Gold Coast.
“This facility will be the jewel in the Healthscope crown and the people of south east Queensland will be the beneficiaries,” he said.
“The Gold Coast Private, Griffith University and the Gold Coast University Hospital are major partners in the Health and Knowledge Precinct and together, this trio will make a formidable team.
“The economic and social impacts of these combined major infrastructure projects is substantial with breakthrough research being undertaken, outstanding medical services provided and the opportunity for academics and the medical fraternity to collaborate in a way not before possible on the Gold Coast.
“The Gold Coast Private will link with the other stakeholders within the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct, becoming a major part of the city’s health and medical future.”
Works are progressing on the Gold Coast Private, the first private hospital to be built on the Coast in more than two decades, with construction of the main structure now complete and fit-out works well underway.
Mr Harper said the external facade of the hospital was now finalised and the last of the scaffolding was coming down.
He said the roof was complete with final fit-off and cleaning underway to oncology, sessional suites, administration offices and the emergency department.
“Queensland X-Ray’s fit out is underway with the installation of walls and services and the operating theatres are being completed in readiness for the installation of the integrated theatre systems ” he said.
“Wall sheeting and fit-out is underway to all wards on levels two and three and landscaping has begun.
“Roadworks have commenced at the main entrance where the awning has been erected and roof sheeting installed.
“All in all we are well positioned in terms of the construction schedule and on track for completion late this year.”
Mr Harper said the Gold Coast Private was designed to accommodate the city’s growing population over the next decade and beyond.
He said the new maternity unit within the hospital was one of its stand out features.
The maternity unit at the new hospital will open with 25 antenatal and postnatal beds, five birthing suites fitted with K2 foetal monitoring systems and nine special care cots.
All the rooms are private with ensuites, recliners and either a double bed or sofa bed for partners to stay overnight.
Mr Harper said the Gold Coast Private would open with 284 beds and 13 theatres and would expand to 400 beds and 21 theatres in line with demand, with planning for the next stage of development well underway.
“We are providing a health care facility for the Gold Coast community that will grow with the city,” he said.
“The new hospital will deliver world class care in a private facility that will be without peer in South East Queensland.”
Healthscope has predicted the hospital will have in excess of 28,000 admissions in its first year, and perform more than 15,000 operations.
The Gold Coast Private will include 11 integrated operating theatres, 12 ICU beds, a hybrid theatre and cardiac catheterisation laboratory.
It will also have paediatrics, maternity and a special care nursery as well as oncology, rehabilitation and a 24 hour emergency care centre.
Allamanda Private Hospital will move its staff and services to the Gold Coast Private when it opens in 2016, ceasing all operations and closing its existing facility in Spendelove Avenue, Southport