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National Capital Private Hospital’s $21 million investment providing life changing technologies in interventional cardiology and neurosurgery in the ACT

ACT Minister for Health and Wellbeing Meegan Fitzharris has officially opened the National Capital Private Hospital’s (NCPH) $21 million Stage 2 Development today. The new unit on Level 6 will provide life-changing treatments for patients with cardiac conditions and complex surgical needs.

Canberra patients will have greater access to health services, with the NCPH officially unveiling its new state-of-the-art coronary care unit, cardiac catheterisation lab and additional new operating theatre. This follows the successful $50 million Stage 1 expansion, which opened in April 2016.

“NCPH is offering a state-of-the-art diagnostic centre to the people of the ACT. Its investment is indicative of Healthscope’s and the NCPH’s commitment to our local community,” said Minister Fitzharris.

“This expansion is timely as we increasingly grapple with the impacts of an ageing population and the demands that places on our health services. According to the latest Chief Health Officer’s Report, out of all hospitalisations for coronary heart disease, 63.9 per cent of those people are over 65.

I very much welcome this modern, high-tech addition to our clinical services family in the ACT. This highlights the effectiveness of the public and private systems working together so all people in the ACT can get access to the type of service they need, whether that be in the public or private system” Minister Fitzharris concluded.

NCPH’s General Manager, Elizabeth Porritt, emphasised that with an ageing population and levels of cardiovascular disease, patients who have diagnosed or undiagnosed conditions require quick access to treatment to ensure the best outcomes and survival rates.

“The catheterisation lab and additional 18-bed coronary care unit will increase access for treatments such as angiograms, angioplasty, and pacemakers, and for patients who have managing conditions and electrical conductivity issues such as atrial fibrillation and heart failure” state Ms Porritt today.

An additional operating theatre in the space vacated by the old angiography suite will bring the total number of theatres on site to eight. The new theatre will support complex neurosurgery, giving specialists and surgeons advanced equipment and space to operate using the intra-operative CT scanner.

“As Canberra continues to grow as the major referral centre for the southern NSW region, I am very proud that NCPH will be delivering innovative cardiac technologies and unique facilities for our patients. The new operating theatre will ensure that intricate surgeries are undertaken in the best possible environment.” Ms Porritt said.