A multi-million dollar expansion has been proposed for North West Private Hospital at Everton Park
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- The hospital currently has 101 beds
- The hospital had a $27 million staged upgrade between 2007 and 2012
- The proposed expansion would increase hospital beds by about 50 per cent
A hospital in Brisbane’s north could undergo a multi-million dollar expansion, including increasing beds by 50 per cent and an intensive care unit.
Brisbane City Council received a development application on Wednesday proposing the significant extension to North West Private Hospital at Everton Park.
North West Private Hospital chief-executive Chris Murphy said the hospital, which had been operating for more than 30 years, had experienced an increase in demand for its services.
“It’s partly population, it’s partly ageing population,” he said.
“The population that we have is ageing and also the surrounding population like to be cared for locally, so they like to be able to go to a hospital, be cared for close to home, (in a place) that’s convenient for people to visit.
“So we’re reaching capacity and had to look at expansion.”
Although the initial application could change throughout the assessment process, it currently proposes an extension of the main hospital building, construction of new three-storey consulting suites, an extension to the existing executive building and a multi-storey car park.
Mr Murphy said the extension could deliver a 50 per cent increase in hospital beds as well as establish an intensive care unit.
“We will be employing more staff, really all areas of the hospital will marginally increase in staffing from support services to housekeeping and catering,” he said.
“When it comes to the clinical areas like in theatres and wards we will need to recruit more staff including recruiting some more specialist staff for when we expand theatres and establish the intensive care unit.”
The hospital, which opened in 1984, increased its capacity between 2007 and 2012 to include two additional theatres, new day surgery an additional labour ward and 30-bed maternity ward.
The assessment report, submitted as part of the application, said the hospital was at capacity and the hospital was no longer meeting the expectations of patients and doctors.
“There is an identified demand for the hospital to be renovated and expanded to provide for a major health facility that can provide for a high quality of patient care in a comfortable and contemporary environment,” the report said.
“The proposed staged extensions to the hospital will allow for the facility to continue to grow, providing improved medical and clinical facilities onsite and also building upon the hospital’s function as a major employment generator.”
Mr Murphy said the public hospital system provided an excellent service but many residents still turned to private health, especially when it came to making an elective choice about needing hospital services.
“You only need to get sick once and access your private health insurance and that will probably well and truly offset all of the premiums you might pay so that’s the benefit there,” he said.
If the development application is approved, construction is expected to start in 2019 and would be staged over two years.
The hospital would operate as normal during construction.
Herston Quarter Underway with $350m Specialist Centre Approved for Development
The specialist rehabilitation and ambulatory care centre will be built in a partnership between the Queensland government and preferred tenderers Australian Unity as part of the $1.1 billion Herston Quarter redevelopment.
The centre, which is a key inclusion of the inner-north Herston precinct, will be operated by Metro North Hospital and Health Service and will provide specialised care for long-stay acute rehabilitation patients and will showcase Brisbane as a world-class health care, research and knowledge destination.
In announcing the approval, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the facility was a priority in the redevelopment of the Herston health precinct.
“Development of the $1.1 billion Herston Quarter facility is expected to support about 700 jobs annually over the life of the project,” Dick said.
“The specialist rehabilitation care centre is the first significant construction to commence which is an important reassurance to the community that this site will continue to provide public health services into the future.”
The Herston Quarter project development scheme was approved by the Queensland government in December.
Herston Quarter will also include a private hospital, aged-care and retirement living, student and residential accommodation, public and private childcare facilities, retail and commercial facilities and public realm works designed to improve connectivity between Herston Quarter and the wider Herston Health Precinct.
Health insurer Australian Unity was awarded the tender to develop the site in August 2016 and in February 2017, it was appointed master developer. The masterplanning has been completed by Hassell who will continue to work on the architecture, urban design, landscape architecture and interior design of Herston Quarter.
Construction of the specialist centre is anticipated to commence in March and is expected to be completed by end 2020.
Originally Published: theurbandeveloper.com
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