Media Release

Knox Private Hospital is expanding its day surgery services with the opening of a new dedicated Day Procedure Centre.

The new purpose built Day Procedure Centre, located on the first floor of the hospital, will operate as a dedicated day surgery centre providing a range of specialist diagnostic and treatment services including endoscopy, urology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and general surgery. The Centre boasts two new endoscopy suites, three operating theatres with state-of- the-art medical equipment, and spacious new patient recovery areas.

Gastroenterologist Dr Sam Battaglia, who has worked at Knox Private for more than 20 years, performed the first procedure in the new Centre on Mrs Wooler from Blackburn.

Dr Sam Battaglia said: “Patients will experience ease of flow through the new Day Centre with courteous, professional, and helpful staff from admission to discharge.”

Knox Private Hospital General Manager Ms Claire Fogarty said: “Knox Private Hospital is committed to meeting the current and future demands of the region’s growing population, providing enhanced local and accessible treatment in a new modernised facility.

“This new Day Procedure Centre allows us to expand on an already comprehensive range of medical, surgical, cardiac, and emergency services currently offered at Knox Private Hospital,” she said.

“The new Centre has also created additional employment opportunities at Knox Private, with more than 50 newly employed staff commencing at the facility in January across various disciplines. We also welcomed a number of new doctors, adding to our exceptional team of visiting medical specialists who have consolidated their practice with us,” said Ms Fogarty.

The Day Procedure Centre is the first milestone in a multi-million dollar expansion project which will see Knox Private Hospital emerge as one of Victoria’s largest and most advanced private hospitals.

About the Knox Private Hospital expansion

Healthscope’s multi-million dollar investment in expanding and refurbishing Knox Private Hospital will be completed progressively during the first half of 2020.

Healthscope’s investment will address the increasing demand for essential services, enhancing emergency and cardiac services, as well as increasing the Hospital’s surgical capacity. Knox Private Hospital will service a catchment of more than 1.2 million people in Melbourne’s east and south-eastern suburbs, as well as regional east Victoria.

The expansion includes:

  • New and expanded Emergency Department to replace the original department
  • Five more operating theatres (two endoscopy suites, three day surgery operating rooms) – bringing the total to 17
  • New dedicated Day Procedure Centre
  • Additional Cardiac Catheter Lab – bringing the total to two
  • Upgrade of original Cardiac Catheter Lab.

Since the mid-1990s, Knox Private has significantly upgraded and added to its infrastructure, transforming the hospital into the large, contemporary private hospital it is today. The ongoing development at Knox Private Hospital has been essential in ensuring this world-class facility continues to meet the growing healthcare needs in the region.

Over the past two decades, Knox has expanded its medical specialties with expertise offered across a comprehensive range of areas including emergency medicine, cardiology, orthopaedics, general surgery, general medicine, neurosurgery, urology, and robotic surgery.

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