$50m redevelopment for North West Private Hospital
Mar 19, 2019
North West Private Hospital is set to undergo a multi-million dollar redevelopment to cater for the ongoing population boom on Brisbane’s north side.
A decision was made to redevelop the site two years ago, as the hospital was reaching its capacity. Over the next 18 months, the hospital will expand from 101 hospital beds to 150.
North West Private Hospital CEO, Chris Murphy said: “While the north side of Brisbane it serviced with public and private hospitals, there is an increasing need for services to meet the needs of the community and the ageing population, so that was one of the key drivers.”
The $50 million project will give the hospital capacity to treat more complex cases through the establishment of an Intensive Care Unit, which will include four intensive care beds and two critical care beds.
The number of operating theatres will increase from five to seven, which is expected to grow the number of specialists and surgeries at North West Private Hospital.
“Incrementally over time the number of theatre cases we do undertake at the hospital will increase - and it will increase in a sustainable fashion,” Mr Murphy said.
There will be more room inside the Infusion Oncology Centre, with the installation of an additional four chairs to treat patients diagnosed with cancer.
A new pharmacy will bring additional convenience for patients and the wider community.
The upgrade will also include:
- The relocation of the existing Early Parenting Nurture Centre (for babies and toddlers with sleeping and settling conditions) to increase capacity.
- New gastroenterology scope procedure rooms.
- Additional dermatology excision procedure rooms.
- A new onsite day rehabilitation service.
Patients and visitors will have access to free parking at the hospital by the end of January 2020. A new multi-storey carpark will be constructed onsite, which will provide parking to staff, patients and visitors at no cost.
“Doctors and patients get very excited about free parking, because at most other hospitals in Brisbane there are fees and charges,” Mr Murphy said.
The project is expected to take 18 months, with completion set for September 2020. Construction will cause some minor inconvenience for hospital users, but additional parking for patients and visitors will be available at the Northwest Plaza Shopping Centre, further along Flockton Street.
A courtesy bus will operate between the shopping centre and hospital from 6am-6pm, Monday to Friday during the project.